October 12th marks not only El Día de la Raza, a day to celebrate Hispanic heritage and Columbus' discovery of the Americas, but it's also the city of Necochea's birthday! In 1881, Ángel Murga founded Necochea, a city of some 75,000 inhabitants located on the Atlantic coast in the province of Buenos Aires.
The festivities to celebrate the founding of the city stretch over three days and include musical entertainment, activities for children, food, stalls with arts and crafts by local artisans, and more food. Did I mention there's food?
[Just in case you aren't gut-bustingly full after gorging on barbecued meat, here we have some churros and doughnuts. You're practically assaulted at every turn by a choripán (grilled sausage sandwich), a slice of homemade cake, or an empanada. Thank God photos are fat-free.]
I was looking forward to watching the destreza criolla (a display of gaucho skills and horsemanship akin to a rodeo), yet somehow I managed to miss it. The paisanos in their traditional garb always make for a good photo op, don't you think? Well, there's always next year.
Happy birthday to my adopted home of Necochea!