Craft, Tourism, Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Fair of Lagoa
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The FATACIL (Portuguese: Feira de Artesanato, Turismo, Agricultura, Comércio e Indústria de Lagoa), the Craft, Tourism, Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Fair of Lagoa, occurs annually (since 1980) for 10 days in August in the Parque de Feiras e Exposições (Fair and Exhibition Grounds) in Algarvan city of Lagoa (Algarve).
The fair is attended each year by thousands of visitors from all parts of the country (the last few years the attendance has been about 180,000), not only because of their interest in promoting traditional arts and crafts which are on the edge of extinction, but also for the shows which occur daily.
Recently there have been about 800 exhibitors of various products including the arts and crafts of Portugal generally, and of the Algarve in particular: articles made of everything from textiles to copper and forged iron; lacework; artifacts made of wood; pottery and ceramics; cork items; basket work; or the typical Algarve puppets of Martim Longo and Querença.
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