Claudio's last birthday.  In the photo he is with his wife, daughters and granddaughters.

A few months ago in Mendoza there was a strong controversy about the choice of harvest queens, because some argued that it is a beauty contest. More than one person defended the tradition, highlighting that it is about much more than that. A young maipucina he is running because it was his dad’s dream before he died, showing that this last statement is true.

Micaela Ferreyra She is the maipucina in question, the mother of an 8-year-old daughter and a language teacher. She is finishing her degree in Educational Sciences and works as a preceptor in a CENS of the department.

Like many people in this pandemic, he lost his dad in May 2021, as a result of an aggravated picture of coronavirus. His passing made him rethink many aspects of his life, making some decisions that would have made his dad proud.

Her running for queen was one of the things her father always wanted her to do and Although he did not get his wish fulfilled in life, he made sure to do so now.

Claudio’s last birthday. In the photo he is with his wife, daughters and granddaughters. (Micaela Ferreyra /)

Micaela’s dad

The Ferreyra family is historical in Maipú, known by many thanks to their mercadito Mikar from Mercedes Tomasa de San Martín street. Claudio and Analía were the two people who ran the business, with the help of their daughters, Micaela and Karen.

The two of them together dedicated themselves to giving everything to their daughters, giving them a beautiful childhood. “My parents always made sure that I never lacked anything, they raised me with a lot of love and values“Said the young woman to Via Mendoza.

Over time, Micaela grew up and shaped her path in life, perhaps making some decisions that later hurt her. She assures that realized that life is not easy but that she would always have the love and support of her family, especially her dad.

She misses her dad so much and the loss is still recent.

She misses her dad so much and the loss is still recent. (Micaela Ferreyra /)

Unexpectedly, on May 8, 2021, Claudio dies from complications with the coronavirus. “We do not explain to ourselves how he could be infected because he was very respectful and careful with the virus. He was very healthy and this disease took him away in a week“Said the maipucina.

The loss of Claudio was a very hard blow for Micaela and her family.

Micaela described it through tears: “My dad means to me the ideal of a man that I would like to find one day. He wasn’t perfect, but he was loving, caring, a good person. With my mother they had a beautiful marriage that is difficult to form today. I wish I could tell you but life does not warn when the last time will be”.

Micaela's grape harvest project is related to education, she wants to offer free private classes to the children of a picnic area and the children of vine growers.

Micaela’s grape harvest project is related to education, she wants to offer free private classes to the children of a picnic area and the children of vine growers. (Micaela Ferreyra /)

Desire for his daughter to be a vintage queen

Claudio wanted his eldest daughter to be a vintage queen for much more than her beauty. “He liked the vintage. From a very young age he harvested with his grandparents, carrying the bins. He was happy with his memories, he always told anecdotes ”, Micaela explained.

Micaela had not been encouraged to apply before because she was very shy younger, she felt that she was not ready. In addition, between one thing and the other, his life placed obstacles that prevented him from doing so.

He also wants to contribute his granite to society, since the grape harvest is solidarity.

He also wants to contribute his granite to society, since the grape harvest is solidarity. (Micaela Ferreyra /)

Finally, thanks to the modifications to the regulation, the maipucina will be able to honor her father’s wish: “I want to be able to do it for him. I think it is a gift to say goodbye since the pandemic did not even allow us “.

Micaela’s life is very different from when her dad first told her to apply and she knows it. But thanks to this, she has more to offer the Maipucino people and really values ​​what the Harvest means, because his dad was part of the department’s vineyard history.

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