Beauty, bullfights and fun at the Veraguas Fair

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A look at the route from Santiago, through Soná and down to Santa Catalina in the Veraguas province.

A look at the route from Santiago, through Soná and down to Santa Catalina in the Veraguas province.

Around Panama, there are a few events where the visitor will be able to see the mastery of the cowboys, admire delicate handicrafts, buy local produce and go to a bullfight. All this and much more can be found at the XLII Agricultural, Tourism, Industrial and Handicraft Fair of Veraguas that takes place in Soná, right in the heart of Panamá from Friday, February 15 to Sunday, February 24. This town surrounded by rivers and very close to the surf paradise that is Santa Catalina, is about four hours from Panama City.
The Soná Fair takes place in the birthplace of President Ricardo Martinelli, and is one of the most popular events in the region as its objective is to highlight the folklore and traditions of the province as well as to promote agriculture within a framework of fun and entertainment for all tastes. The entrance costs are $2.00 for adults, $1.50 for pensioners and $1.00 for children. Tickets can be bought at the fair.
During ten days the fair’s queens will bring joy and splendor to celebrations. Each one of them representing a particular sector: Ana del Cid is the Agricultural and Farming Queen; Militza Rivera Navarro, the Handicraft sovereign, Nidia Perigualt Macías represents Tourism and Madeline Iturriaga, Industry.
The fair organizers have prepared a full program that includes Panamanian folklore dancers, discotheques combined with exhibitions of all types of merchandise and handicraft, mechanical games, a dog show, milking competition, parades, cock fights and much more.
Accommodation at the time of the fair is scarce, so it is recommended that you book hotel rooms in advance. To get there take the Pan American Highway to Santiago and follow the signs to Soná.
For more information call 998-9399 or visit

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