Boquete Fair will be held this year from January 12th through January 22th — this date is always chosen, taking into account that within these ten days, people, from the public and private sector, have purchasing power due to the fortnightly payment. The participation of artisans from throughout the Americas is expected for the event, being this the contrast of people and different cultures that come together.
Since about eight months ago, works began on the gardens with the purchase of seeds, which were brought from the U.S through a company that has dedicated to bringing flower to this event for ten years. 45 varieties of flowers were used for the event and some changes were made in the geometry of the gardens to provide more order and space. Ezequiel Pitty, Field Coordinator of the Boquete Fair, said that the version number XL will be special, as their gardens, besides being a delight for the public, will seek to engage visitors in the variety of its flowers.
According to statistics provided by the Board of Flowers and Coffee Fair, the event has had a tremendous growth. In 2011, around 140,000 visitors attended the fair; therefore, the statistic is expected to increment by 105 to 110 thousand visitors this year. The fair space has been reduced in recent years, and this has led to having to rent, besides the 3 and a half acres comprising the fairgrounds, an additional hectare next the administrative offices in order to place all the rides. More physical space might be needed for the coming years, either by purchasing or renting it.
According to economists at the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF), the economic impact in the district of Boquete goes up to $10 million during these days. The investment budget from the fair is over one third of a million dollars.