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The Santafesina town of San Jorge is home to an important national holiday. Honey usually takes place in October.

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La miel es una fiesta

The Santafesina town of San Jorge is home to an important national holiday. The  National Festival of Honey Producers is usually held in October . Due to the tireless work of several social institutions and the support shown by the municipality, the  festivity  is an integral part of the traditional festivals that  the province has been sponsoring for several decades.  

From a time to this part, the city of San Jorge has become one of the main honey producing centers in Argentina's economic geography. With years of tradition and accumulated knowledge, the neighbors dedicated to this work decided to  launch in 1990 a feast  of honey, with the aim of paying homage to the town and its inhabitants. Thanks to the initiative of the  Association of Beekeepers  and the mutual and social club La Emilia, the organization of the event was able to count on the support of the entire population and the municipal government immediately

The party  brought together more than 900 visitors,  obtained numerous candidates for queen, presented various musical shows, exhibitions, talks, conferences and outdoor activities. Developed in the Italian Society, due to its wide and comfortable space provided even with boxes, the festivity regularly includes the presence on its stage of the ballet of La Emilia called Don Lázaro, folklore groups such as Ah Casi Folklore and the central fact of the days that the event lasts: the presentation of the; n and  coronation  of the Queen of the Bees and Miss Abejita, with local and regional participation. Of course, in the vicinity of the club and the lounge  there are several stands that offer some of the local and regional cuisine  at modest sums, with the aim of ensuring that the whole family participate in the shows.

 A lot more than a mess. 

Parallel to the celebration, at the  Rural  Society of São Jorge there are different talks and  conferences on specific topics for producers . We talk about the use of biofertilizers and the quality and efficiency of agrochemicals. Other panels are of a more general nature, such as the analysis of the political and economic situation in Argentina, the link between the countryside and the community, and the impact of the international situation on local production.  Rural men and women, agroinvestors, owners, traders  and the technical staff of the municipality participate in these activities.

The city of San Jorge is located in the department of San Martín,  in the center west of the province of Santa Fe.Its beginnings date back to the end of the 19th century, although it should be noted that before the Spanish colonization the territory was occupied by  native peoples .  In 1886, Governor José Gálvez signed a decree authorizing its foundation. From 1888 the first houses were built and  immigrants, mostly Italians, began to arrive . A flax oil factory, several mills and the railway station were also established.

Between the beginning and the middle of the 20th century, the town experienced economic growth linked to significant livestock and industrial production. In particular, the  production of honey was highlighted,  thanks to the installation of the first hives carried out by the Mensi family, to the point that their initial production was estimated at almost 2000 kilos of honey. In addition, a refrigeration company set up and with it  an entire industrial park associated with the industrial processing of raw materials , from noodles to mosaics. Since then and until the present day, San Jorge has become a  thriving  and thriving society for both the province and the country.

Publication Date: 05/08/2020

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