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The first annual Santa Monica Fair in the province of Coclé is set to take off this weekend, Saturday, August 22 – Sunday, August 23 at the historic Hacienda Santa Monica (SantaMonica.com.pa). The fair is intended as a platform to promote the area’s agribusiness, livestock trading and typical arts and crafts.
Located at the entrance of the village of El Chirú, the farm is an agricultural estate of over 2,500 hectares that extend from the Interamerican Highway to the Pacific Ocean, in the district of Antón, and dates back to the early twentieth century.
The event’s main attraction revolves around a hot air balloon show. hailing from Chile, the five balloon team will raffle rides among those who purchase an entry bracelet.
The region’s first annual Rodeo Championship will take place, along with folk music presentations and agricultural and livestock exhibitions. Rodeo inscriptions are available contacting Daira Rivera on Tel. 6107-5158 or writing firstname.lastname@example.org
The Olga Sinclair Foundation will lead an art workshop for children starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday. Tickets to participate are available at Panatickets.com
Renowned Panamanian entertainers, Samy & Sandra Sandoval and Comando Tiburón, will make special appearances the evenings of Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
The Panamanian rock-opera, “Pears in the Garden,” will be staged. The play portrays the life of St. Augustine of Hippo, whose mother is Santa Mónica (Saint Monica).
Sports fans can take part in a duathlon (inscriptions $30) or a 20k “Fun Ride” on bikes (inscriptions $10). A 5k and 10k walk/run is also scheduled. The starting point will be Sunday at 7 a.m. Inscriptions are available at Latin Bikes on Calle 50 and in Costa del Este, and the Pro Health Shop and Tri Store in San Francisco.
The event concludes with a full moon drum circle led by the folks behind Luna Llena de Tambores.
The cost of admission to the fair is $1 for adults and $0.50 for children. Check them out online by searching for “Feria de Coclé” on Facebook and Instagram.