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St. Joseph Fair at David


[A good day for going to the fair is March 19th, St. Joseph's Day, because there is a horse riding event in the streets of David.]

A good day for going to the fair is March 19th, St. Joseph's Day, because there is a horse riding event in the streets of David.


[Murga, a Panamanian brass band, was featured in the parade.]

Murga, a Panamanian brass band, was featured in the parade.


[Some flamboyant characters, such as this water buffalo rider, were present at the streets of the city.]

Some flamboyant characters, such as this water buffalo rider, were present at the streets of the city.


[Next, we arrived at the fair main entrance. Its symbolic arch is made with part of the structure of the old bridge over the Chiriqui River.]

Next, we arrived at the fair main entrance. Its symbolic arch is made with part of the structure of the old bridge over the Chiriqui River.


[The fairgrounds are an attractive maze of streets, squares, fountains and exhibition buildings.]

The fairgrounds are an attractive maze of streets, squares, fountains and exhibition buildings.


[Flowers, as one of the main products of the Chiriqui province, are always present at the David Fair.]

Flowers, as one of the main products of the Chiriqui province, are always present at the David Fair.


[Handmade traditional sweets, also a common product of the area, have a high demand in the fair.]

Handmade traditional sweets, also a common product of the area, have a high demand in the fair.


[The cattle raising industry uses the event as a showcase for their best specimens.]

The cattle raising industry uses the event as a showcase for their best specimens.


[Because of the importance of the meat and milk industry, the fair has this coliseum for cattle exhibition.]

Because of the importance of the meat and milk industry, the fair has this coliseum for cattle exhibition.


[A staple of our country fairs, the bumper cars, is enjoyed by children and adults alike.]

A staple of our country fairs, the bumper cars, is enjoyed by children and adults alike.


[This band from the National Police played our traditional music for the fair visitors.]

This band from the National Police played our traditional music for the fair visitors.


[Traditional attire of the Ngobe and Bugle Indians, a sizable population component of the area, were sold at the fair.]

Traditional attire of the Ngobe and Bugle Indians, a sizable population component of the area, were sold at the fair.


[Other handmade articles such as woven bags, chest decorations and traditional hats were displayed at fair stands.]

Other handmade articles such as woven bags, chest decorations and traditional hats were displayed at fair stands.


[Honey production, an growing industry in the province, was also showcased at the fair.]

Honey production, an growing industry in the province, was also showcased at the fair.


By:

Marino Jaén Espinosa
2017-04-05

A common trait of the many festivals and fairs of Panama is their link to the local Patron Saint festivity. The town of David takes this trend very seriously, as it has named its yearly fair as the St. Joseph Fair. It takes place around March 19 which is the day of this very popular Catholic Saint.

Arguably, the biggest event during the fair is the horse riding paradet, which takes place in March 19th. In addition to that, the fair features agricultural and cattle raising expos, handicrafts, traditional food, folk dances, as well as presence of many government organizations and private business.

We invite you to visit this fair, which is one of the most important in the country. for learning the dates of this event, and many more in Panama, take a look at our Digital Calendar of Heritage Festivities of Panama.


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