Longan festival underway in Lamphun

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LAMPHUN, 4 August 2012  – The province of Lamphun is holding its annual longan festival entitled “Longan, Miracle Fruit of Lamphun”, which will run from August 3 to 12. The festival will feature a number of events, including a competition to name the best vehicle decorated with longan, which will see 11 competing vehicles, each with a beauty queen contestant on board. 

The parade of vehicles will travel to the city hall. An official opening ceremony will commence with the cutting the world’s largest longan cake, as well as handing out awards to winners of agricultural products contest, and longan-decorated floats. Following this will be a beauty contest and a show by the Mai Muang band with celebrated singers.

Mr. Sakchai Tanatwanit, provincial chief of the Lamhun Agricultre and Agricultural Cooperatives office, made known that Lamphun is the largest grower of longan in the country, having the most land dedicated to cultivation of the fruit. The festival is being held to educate longan farmers to help them increase the quality and standard of the fruit produced. The longan is an important cash crop of the province.