Fun and games at the Cocle Fair

Rodeo en la feria del año pasado.

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Cocle province is preparing itself for the Santa Monica Fair, which will take place from Friday, August 26 until Sunday, August 28. The event, which was created to boost the tourism, economic and cultural sectors, will be held at the grounds of the Hacienda Santa Mónica, located in Chiru, Anton, kilometer 123 of the Panamerican highway.

Producers and traders will have the opportunity to exhibit their products and services to thousands of visitors. Last year in its first edition more than 35,000 people came and it is expected that number will increase.

Rodeo at last year's fair

Rodeo at last year’s fair

Within the framework of the fair celebration there will a tribute to Santa Monica, the patron saint of the hacienda with a religious invocation. After that the Harmodio Arias Madrid House ( a community center within the hacienda) will be inaugurated. The organization is also preparing a painting workshop for children.

A float pulled by a horse.

A float pulled by a horse.

The main event of Sunday, August 28, will be the Duatlon Xterra race organized by Panama Total Racing which will start at 7:00 a.m. as part of the sports activities. The fair will also have games of football, baseball and other sports, with the support of other organizations such as La Leña Roja de Coclé and Los Caballos de Coclé.

The event which is organized to raise funds for social community projects that are carried out by the Hacienda Santa Monica Foundation, will also have dozens of activities, such as mechanical rides, the first tourist fair of Cocle, agricultural forums, a children’s farm, a wrangling competition, folkloric and artistic shows, flower and cattle exhibitions, a handicraft market and a gastronomic festival. Entrance cost $2.50 for adults and $1.50 for children.

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