Livestock, agricultural and artisanal products will be on display in the eleventh agricultural Celica Fair in Loja, beginning June 25. Pre-fair festivities get underway on June 20 with the Coronation of Joise Stephanie Villena, Fair Queen.
The fair opens officially Thursday, June 25, with speeches followed by a parade featuring horses, floats, members of livestock associations, and parish governments. The parade starts at the municipal stadium, and proceeds through the city streets.
With the traditional “aguado de leche” on Friday, the official inauguration concludes, followed on Saturday and Sunday with sales of cattle, horses, and other livestock.
Feria Celica 2015 will end Sunday with the celebration of a mass in honor of St. Peter the Apostle. The fair takes place in conjunction with the upcoming feast of Saints Peter and Paul.
Freddy Jaramillo, representing Manuel Orbe, mayor of Celica, said that the fair is of great importance to Loja because it will give everyone the opportunity to see the area’s farmers and artisans, along with the fruits of their labor.
In addition to livestock, the community of Celica, just outside the city of Loja, is known for its production of corn, peanuts, peas, and beans.