It is expected that around 25,000 people will visit, which represents a moment of economic prosperity that the inhabitants of this region should seize upon, explained Luis Guerra, president of the fair.
“This is the only fair held in Herrera, and so it should be esteemed and promoted by all of the authorities of the province, as well as by business-owners in the region,” he argued.
After many years without it, parachuting will be available on Friday and Saturday for the amusement of young and old. During the four days of the fair there will also be livestock judging, bullfights, fair rides, dance clubs, street dances and performances by national artists, in addition to authentic dances performed by the locals, who are affectionately referred to as manitos ocueños for their brotherly countryside greeting.
José Valdivieso, a yam farmer from the San José township in the district of Ocú, has been looking forward to the start of the San Sebastián fair, because he says it is an opportunity to sell some of his crops.
He grows about two hectares of diamond yam, and during the four days of the fair sells the tuber to the ladies who set up pubs and restaurants. Other women, artisans of the community, are already installed in their stands to exhibit and sell their handmade crafts. Mabel Espinoza said that she worked for months to stitch stylized garments by hand, including dresses for women and children, blouses, shirts and, most importantly, the regional montuno and ocueña styles of polleras.
As one of the fair's most significant attractions, a special stage will support the swirling feet of the manitos ocueños dancers. These dances are some of the country's oldest traditions and are jealously preserved in this region, which is why this folk tradition is greatly appreciated by both locals and visitors.