Tag Archives: Fairs

Mark Your Calendars

I received this for one of the CC readers. If you have never seen it, you may want to mark your calendar!

The cabalgata is held every year on March 19, the patron saint day of David, San Jose de David. This year it is a Saturday.

According to the mayor’s office, it will begin in the large field near the stoplight at the intersection of the Pan Americana and “Mac Donald’s street” (Calle F Sur), go downtown past Cervantes park, and end at the Parque de las Madres on “Super Baru street.”

It normally steps off around 3pm. I like to show up at the starting point around 2pm to take photos.

I just received the following route map.

Made it to the 2015 David Fair

We got there around 4:30 PM. Parking was $3.00. Entry for jubilados was $1 and for adults $2.

The highlight of the fair for me was finding the “la ghiotta” gelato area. Talk about hitting the spot! Between the three of us, we sampled 5 different favors.

La ghiotta had provided gelato for Delicias Italiana, which has now closed its doors. I had stopped by Delicias Italiana last week and found the doors locked.

The good news is that la ghiotta will soon be supplying Parmigiano Resturante with gelato soon. That by itself made the trip to the Fair worthwhile.

It has been a while since I have been to Parmigianos so this is a good reason to go by again.

I only took two car photos. One was this MG. The brand brings back memories of my high school years, when foreign cars started making their way to the U.S.

The MG was one of my favorites then. I looked at this car before I bought my Suzuki, but it was a little pricey for me.

Here is another car I felt was worth showing. It is called Brilliance and is serviced by Bremen. This car is from China and really looks nice. The prices are cheap enough to make worth looking at. They had several models, but I liked this one.

Other than that, the Fair was pretty much the same. As of now “Been There and Done That” again.

Other photos taken at the Fair.

A Small Amount of Time At the David Fair

I bet you thought I would never get around to posting the time I spent at the David Fair last March 15th, 2013.

I really wasn’t certain if I would make it to the fair this year or not. I almost cooked last year and I told myself I would never go to the fair before 5pm the next time if I went.

While I was still wondering what I would do this year, I received an Invitation to attend an inaugural event for Petroautos. It was going to be at 7pm and have food catered by Cuatro. Sounded like a plan to me.

We arrived around 6:15 and entered the fair. Since the event wasn’t scheduled until 7PM, I had time to spend walking around and taking photos.

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I was passing the Toyota exhibit and it looked like they were going to uncover a car, I assumed it was a new model. Maybe I would have time to drop by later. I did have time to take a couple photos of some lovely Toyota ladies. Continue reading A Small Amount of Time At the David Fair


If you haven’t been keeping up, you may not have heard that the David International Fair began today. It will end on March 24.

This year I think I will go later in the day. Last year, I got there around 1PM and about roasted. A couple more turns and I would have been well done.

It is cooler if I go later, but photos in the dark never come out as good. This is one of the biggest events in David. There will be vendors from all over Latin America.

It is on my calendar, so unless something happens, I will have some 2013 photos.

It’s Late – And may not be worth it.

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. Continue reading It’s Late – And may not be worth it.

Feria Internacional De David 2011 (Been There – Done That)

Yesterday, Lilliam, Natalie and I did the David Fair. I was only planing a short stay, like an hour, but we arrived at 3:00 PM and returned home about 8:30 PM, after having a great time.

To be honest, I only went for one reason and that was to have an opportunity to visit with the people working the Cable Onda and Cable & wireless booths about the recent programming changes deleting ABC, CBS and NBC. I was able to accomplish that after entering the fair grounds.

Both Cable Onda and C&W were prepared and had the answers. The answer is that the new law that was passed, removing the channels, was done under pressure of the US due to the licensing arrangements by those networks. Those channels are not supposed to be “legally” received in any Latin American country. It should not be a surprise that there are rumors that these channels are being received in Honduras or Nicaragua, because I did say “legally”. I do not believe that any company operating legally in Panama can provide these channels anymore.

So, with that, if you want to point the blame at anyone for this change, you can point it back at the good old USA. Just like the mountains of paperwork you have to fill out to get a banking account, it is not Panama’s fault.

It might be a good reason to start writing your home state representative and telling him he is an idiot for preventing extra income to go to the US by licensing these channels outside the US boundaries. Should these network broadcasts not be a part of the “free trade” agreement that the US Congress can’t seem to get passed? Thank God the US can’t regulate the beautiful weather I have 365 days a year or the singing of the birds I hear every morning or the flowers I see all year long. I need to read more books anyway.

So much for that. I have got my answer and will take some time to analyze what I want to do about it. Out of my 100 or so channels, I am only watching about 5 and I am not sure that is worth the money I am spending with Cable Onda, but that is a post for another day.

Now for this year’s David International Fair.

When we left the pavilion from talking to Cable Onda and Cable &Wireless, we made a beeline to Diary Queen. In the past, I always got to the fair early and it was a good place to cool off and have a chili dog (one of those things I miss from the US). Yesterday it was too early to eat, but I did manage to suck down one of their Moolatas – YUM!

I made yesterday a two time DQ day because we stopped about 8:00PM and I did order my chili dog. The only thing that could have made it better was to have some chopped onions and cheese on the top. It was almost the perfect way to end a perfect day.

Another spot I always take in is the agriculture pavilion. I only took one photo and it was of this cornucopia displaying some of the items grown in Panama. Continue reading Feria Internacional De David 2011 (Been There – Done That)