As part of this revival of traditions, festival-goers competed to perform domestic tasks. For example, there was a children's competition to tie crabs together, and the ladies of the region were evaluated on their preparation of grilled tortillas.
Genoveva Naranja, president of the festival's organizing committee, emphasized that the aim of this event is to preserve the local customs, which are being lost among the new generations and somehow must be restored.
“Another purpose of the festival is to give tourists the opportunity to taste food made from crab and other seafood usually caught daily by artisanal fishermen in Montijo,” explained Naranja.
She also noted that the festival has increasingly taken on greater importance, since domestic tourists from the provinces of Chiriquí, Panama and Coclé are arriving at the district of Montijo.
One such visitor, Carmen Juárez, expressed how amazing it is that so many traditions and customs can be witnessed at this festival.
This year's festival queen was Isela Lineth Reyes, who urged residents of her district to fight to continue preserving their traditions through this event, which highlights the regional customs.
Various dances by folkloric groups from other districts of the province of Veraguas and regions such as Aguadulce were also performed at the festival.
Another attraction for visitors to the festival was being able to sample traditional foods like rice with crab and conch, as well as other seafood dishes. This activity has been held since 1960 with the objective of promoting tourism in this sector.