This large open-air fair returns like every autumn on rue de la Colombette and place Saint-Aubin. The opportunity to discover several new local exhibitors.
The 77th edition of the Foire de la Colombette (October 30 to November 1), deployed in the Saint-Aubin district and Place Saint-Aubin, is getting a facelift. Let’s not forget that this fair began its history in 1944! Each year, this large open-air market which, over three days, attracts several thousand people seduced by its sales-style commercial atmosphere, returns with autumn and the first frosts. Set up each year by the Amicale des Commerçants et Craftsmen of the district, this street fair has no less than 200 exhibitors scattered throughout the streets. “This animation is often seen as old-fashioned,” remarks a shopkeeper. It is quite unfair. The crowd that flocked there is proof of this ”.
Thus, as in previous years, local businesses, artisans and creators will set up shop along the sidewalks, some of them not hesitating to become famous “barkers”, praising their articles at often attractive prices. “It’s a time when you take your time, where you can learn about the products, also discover ‘tips’ and good addresses. A real exchange is established between customers and exhibitors in this market ”.
“Given the context that everyone has experienced, we wanted this edition to be particularly festive and a real break from a heavy daily life for over a year”, assures FrançoisScheerens, head of the Amicale.
The entertainment program is therefore particularly rich with make-up for children, ball games, a fun fair, Brazilian brass bands and above all, a great novelty, three daily parades with the very talented Cirkomcha stilt walker which links the fair to its spirit. of Free Commune from the beginnings.
AN ECO-RESPONSIBLE FAIR
The other characteristic of this animation is the arrival of new exhibitors who have come to replace the old retired parties. “Jeweler, luthier, restaurant among others renew the street, thus preserving its identity, notes François Scheerens. Please note, this is not why we refuse the technological aspect. Since the Foire de la Colombette is on social networks and most traders are digitized ”.
Good news: the health pass will not be requested for this event. On the other hand, the fair is eco-responsible with actions to limit its impact on the environment (reusable cups, etc.). An example to follow.