San­jo­se de­da­vid

Excelencias Turísticas del caribe y las Américas (Centroamerica) - - Brushstroke - By: Ro­se­ma­rie Acos­ta Lu­go Pho­tos: Cuor­tesy of San Jo­se de Da­vis In­ter­na­tio­nal Fair

Da­vid is Pa­na­ma’s third-lar­gest city and a de­par­tu­re point to head for ot­her sight­seeing spots in the lo­vely pro­vin­ce of Chi­ri­qui. This pro­vin­ce is nestled in the south­wes­tern por­tion of the country, ap­pro­xi­ma­tely a six-hour dri­ve from Pa­na­ma City or just a 50mi­nu­te hop, skip and jump from the na­tion’s ca­pi­tal.

The pla­ce is bles­sed with tou­rist spots, from pa­ra­di­sia­cal lo­ca­tion on hig­her grounds to gor­geo­us bea­ches out­fit­ted with sta­te-of-the-art and snug fa­ci­li­ties. It’s one of the pro­vin­ces that bears wat­ching in terms of tou­rism de­ve­lop­ment, fea­tu­ring a num­ber of si­tes with abun­dant flo­ra and wild­li­fe such as Bo­que­te, Vol­can and Ce­rro Pun­ta.

But Chi­ri­qui is a who­le lot mo­re than na­tu­re. The pro­vin­ce is pac­ked with his­tory, a bloo­ming economy, so­cial and cul­tu­ral va­lues, and an ama­zing he­ri­ta­ge. In­ha­bi­ted by illus­trious men and wo­men who ha­ve hel­ped whip the Re­pu­blic of Pa­na­ma in­to sha­pe, the pla­ce shows off ad­van­ces in a num­ber of sec­tors li­ke stock­bree­ding, far­ming and the in­dus­tries. And with this po­si­ti­ve back­ground, the San Jo­se de Da­vid In­ter­na­tio­nal Fair co­mes around every year to pro­mo­te na­tio­nal and in­ter­na­tio­nal tou­rism.

Every March, the pro­vin­ce of Chi­ri­qui, in the city of Da­vid, swings its ga­tes wi­de open for that tra­di­tio­nal event. But, why in the month of March?

The his­tory of the fair goes a long way back to 1926 when the first ex­po­si­tion of arts and in­dus­tries was plan­ned. Spon­so­red by the Mi­ner­va So­ciety, the event used the Da­vid Co­lle­ge as its main ve­nue un­til 1932, ac­cor­ding to the re­gion’s cul­tu­ral chief Jo­se Mon­te­ne­gro.

As ti­me went by, the event was coor­di­na­ted by the Ca­ba­lle­ros de Ba­ru, and la­ter on by the Club de Leo­nes, the Stock­bree­ders As­so­cia­tion (ANAGAN) and the fair’s Or­ga­ni­zing Com­mit­tee. This outli­ne re­mai­ned un­chan­ged bet­ween 1961 and 1966. A year la­ter, the event mo­ved to its cu­rrent ve­nue un­der the na­me of Com­mer­cial Far­ming and Stock­bree­ding Fair, only to be­co­me an in­ter­na­tio­nal con­cla­ve th­rough the enact­ment of Act 11 da­ted March 15, 1977.

The Da­vid Fair –as it’s com­monly known- is the lar­gest ex­hi­bi­tion of the pro­vin­ce’s ma­nu­fac­tu­ring sec­tors. Its foods­tuff in­dustry, for ins­tan­ce, sup­plies to the who­le country. Du­ring 10 or 11 days, as many as 300,000 peo­ple co­me for a first­hand glim­pse at the te­rri­tory’s fi­nest in­dus­trial, tra­de and tou­rism achie­ve­ments.

Pa­na­ma’s cul­tu­ral va­lues al­so run high du­ring the fair’s span of ti­me. Sta­ge pre­sen­ta­tions vary from fol­klo­ric shows with a Pa­na­ma­nian touch in each and every pro­vin­ce to mo­dern cho­reo­grap­hies sprin­kled with lo­cal and fo­reign rhythms.

Each year, so­me 500 ex­hi­bi­tors from Cen­tral Ame­ri­ca, South Ame­ri­ca, the U.S. and Eu­ro­pe at­tend this com­prehen­si­ve tra­des­how. Di­plo­ma­tic, cul­tu­ral and fol­klo­ric de­le­ga­tions al­so show up for the ma­jor com­mer­cial event, thus ma­king it ea­sier for all par­ti­ci­pants to get in touch with one anot­her, sha­re ideas and ex­pe­rien­ces, and pro­mo­te businesses and pro­ducts.

The fair churns out as many as $30 mi­llion worth of ear­nings every year for the pro­vin­ce’s cof­fers, a fi­gu­re that cer­tainly ma­kes the fair one of the most im­por­tant com­mer­cial, agri­cul­tu­ral, cul­tu­ral and en­ter­tain­ment events.

The city of Da­vid turns in­si­de out and the event ener­gi­zes the economy in a pro­vin­ce whe­re both tou­rism and in­vest­ments are vir­tually everyw­he­re

The pla­ce shows off ad­van­ces in a num­ber of sec­tors li­ke stock­bree­ding, far­ming and the in­dus­tries.

Pa­na­ma’s cul­tu­ral va­lues al­so run high du­ring the fair’s span of ti­me

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