Unlike the rest of the provinces, which celebrate Panama's separation from Colombia in 1903 with civic parades during the patriotic month of November, this town of Veraguas Province revives a tradition that dates back to 1954.
One cultural aspect of the fair is that it provides rural peasants with an opportunity to showcase their customs and traditions to local and foreign tourists.
Traditional huts are built during the festival to house exhibitions of the local culture, including rice threshing, handicrafts, traditional food, and harvests of the region's agricultural crops.
Mi Ranchito has gained importance over the last four years, ever since the National Assembly passed Law 26 on May 22, 2009, which officially declared the cultural event to be a national festival.
"We are now included in the calendar of fairs and festivals [published by] the Panama Tourism Authority (ATP)," announced Moisés Puga, a festival board member.
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This year the festival queen, Yanali Vergara, will not be alone in the ox-drawn cart parade, but for the first time will be escorted by a tuna, a peppy Carnivalesque singing street band that will enliven the crowd.
The highlight of Mi Ranchito is the representation of the customs of the five townships of Río de Jesús, butit will also include attractively priced crafts and fair food, a traditional parade, and a final party to end the festival with a bang. Starting today, at 9:00 in the morning, you are invited to come visit this district and join in the festivities.