I was asked recently if I was going to post the photos of the 2012 David Fair. I had about decided not to post, but since I was asked, I will post them.
I will put all photos taken in a gallery at the end of this post.
I must admit, that I didn’t enjoy this year’s fair much. I went earlier in the afternoon than I should have and it was exceptionally hot. I mean really hot. My intention was to get there around 2:00 PM and stop in the Dairy Queen and have a chili dog, relax and really hit the fair around 3:00 PM.
As often, in Panama, what I think I can do, never quite works out that way. For some reason, DQ decided not to open until 3:00 PM and I had an extra hour in the sun. Not only that, but Lilliam had told me we were going too early, so I got a little “I told you so” as well.
Prior to the photo gallery, I will make a few general comments about the fair.
The fair attendance was lower than expected and I expect it was as a result of the protests that had been going on. I was also told that there was a higher number of “maleantes” from outside Chiriquí and many from outside Panama.
The fair always attracts pickpockets and it is an easy place to loose a wallet or a camera, etc.
While we were talking to a friend of Lilliam’s, that always has her ceramics on display, I learned that a day or so before that was a shooting just outside the main entrance. Most of the real rowdiness occurs in the even and night hours, when the beer is flowing and the music is at ear splitting levels. I have always avoided going at night. By the way, if you are looking for some nice ceramics, check out the post I did of her business in Dolega.
I did see a high level of police while I was there and I expect there is more at night.
Normally, I have provided more of a narration on my visit to the fair. You will see similar photos to past years in the following gallery.