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Location in Brazil
|Mesoregion||Zona da Mata|
|Microregion||Juiz de Fora|
|Founded||September 7th, 1923|
|• Mayor||Geraldo Magela Longo dos Santos|
|• Total||139,538 km2 (53,876 sq mi)|
|Elevation||600.0 m (1,968.5 ft)|
|Time zone||BRT (UTC-3)|
|• Summer (DST)||BRST (UTC-2)|
|Website||Bicas, Minas Gerais|
Initially a breakpoint for salesmen in the 18th century, Bicas obtained its independence from the city of Guarará in 1923. It was an attraction point for Italian immigrants and also other nationalities.
Until the 1970s, Bicas had a full-working train station and an active RFFSA (the extinct state railroad company) branch for repairing wagons. Unfortunately, all this structure was dismantled and today the train station exists only as a historic site. Currently, Bicas has an economy based on commerce, agriculture and farming.
Annual Farming Expositions, with bull-riding and rodeos, cattle commerce and local products - typically in the last week of July of every year - are a tradition of several cities in Zona da Mata, and the Farming Exposition of Bicas is one of the most famous, attracting thousands of tourists from several parts of the country.
- "Área territorial oficial" [Official Territorial Area] (in Portuguese). Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE). 2002-10-10. Retrieved 2010-12-05.
- "Censo Populacional 2010" [Population Census 2010] (in Portuguese). Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE). 2010-11-29. Archived from the original on May 16, 2011. Retrieved 2010-12-11.
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