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hoyocasero.JPGThese days when we think of match making we equate it with internet dating but residents of the Spanish village of Hoyocasero combined an internet appeal with a weekend “getting to know you” affair aimed at finding wives for their men.

Buses loaded with 150 women traveled to Hoyocasero, on Saturday in response to an Internet plea from men tired of being alone. Commonly known as “una caravana de mujeres” (a caravan of women), the travelers were met with flowers by cheering men eagerly looking for farmer’s wives.

The “caravan” appeal was first tried 20 years ago by a similarly love-lorn Spanish village and has since been used in dozens of places across the country. So the 400 residents of the isolated mountain village Hoyocasero believed a mass invite seemed appropriate in the face of a declining population.

Like many other rural communities in Spain, the young people in Hoyocasero, have deserted the countryside in favor of jobs in towns. The village men looking for wives are mostly cattle farmers and to show off their rural skills some demonstrated their horseback riding skills. The display was followed by a feast of regional culinary delicacies and a dance.

So many people have left the area that the local school is already under threat of closure as there are not enough pupils. Thus, the hope of the organizers their investment will pay off if at least some couples will hit it off, settle in the village and eventually have children. Source

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