They really respect corn in the Pérez Zeledón community of Mollejones. And this weekend they show it with the VIII Feria del Maíz Saturday and Sunday. Corn, of course, is a staple not only for modern Costa Ricans but also from the pre-Columbian period.
The Comité de Seguridad Comunitaria de Mollejones, is putting on the event with help from the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud.
A central part of the festival is a fashion show with clothing made from corn plants and workshops outlining the importance of this crop.
There also will be folk dancing, theater, a dance and presentations by local groups. In addition there will be an oxcart parade and a blessing of pets.
The avowed purpose of the event is to recognize the importance of the rural culture in the cultivation of corn and help revitalize the practice, customers and traditions that involve this plant.