The three days of festivities for his event, held in honor of the national flower, will include folkloric and countryfolk activities. The last day on Sunday will end with a grand parade of some 14 ox-drawn carts.
Despite being named after the Flower of the Holy Spirit, at this fair it is the town dwellers who present to the public the flowers they have grown in their backyard nurseries, and the flowers brought by associations are those that compete in the activity.
Eduardo Franco Peña, president of the Las Minas fair committee, said that this activity intends to showcase the flower and the peasants.
He explained that today the fair will be inaugurated at 6:00 in the evening, attended by the Minister of MIDA, Oscar Osorio, and to be followed by the coronation of her royal majesty, Brittnarie Aneth Corro Franco.
The president added that yodeling and folkloric dance contests like saloma and marjoram will be held during the fair to emphasize the area's folkloric culture.
Evidelia Navarro, who has nurseries at home and is a member of the Las Minas Orchid Association, said that the mission of the villagers is to cultivate and protect the national flower, as Las Minas is one of the few places in the country where it grows wild.
She indicated that she is worried that few Panamanians know about the national flower, especially children and youth.