This century-old event is threatened in the Tarn, the organizers are giving it one last chance

This century-old event is threatened in the Tarn, the organizers are giving it one last chance
This century-old event is threatened in the Tarn, the organizers are giving it one last chance

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Fabien Hisbacq

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May 16, 2024 at 7:52 a.m.

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It is an event which more than a hundred years. But which may no longer take place. There Castres fair Is (Tarn) living her last hours? It’s still too early to tell. But the answer will come in a few days…

Because this fair is no longer really profitable. In any case, exhibitors are not rushing to participate. In 2023for the centenary edition, it lasted ten days, as usual, with more than 200 exhibitors. In 2024, if it takes place, it will be shorter. With fewer exhibitors.

At best a reduced version

Faced with too few pre-registrations, the town hall had already decided to scale back. The 2024 edition is planned to last five days only, from Wednesday September 25 to Sunday September 29.

Registrations were open from April 17 to 30. Problem: they were still not enough. What to do then? Cancel everything? The town hall does not want to resign itself to this for the moment. She gives the event one last chance. “We gave exhibitors a few extra days,” explains the City to Occitanie News. Whereas the normal deadline has passed two weeks.

The verdict is approaching

“An assessment will be made in the days to come”completes the town hall, which has therefore not yet sealed the fate of the fair.

Which, if it disappeared, could be reborn in a few years. As she has done in the past. Indeed, if it was born in 1923 (with 50,000 visitors in four days for 26,000 inhabitants at the time) and is therefore well over 100 years old, the Castres fair has not had 100 editions. That of 2024 would in fact be the 69e. The latest interruptions are recent. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the event was, for example, canceled in 2020 and 2021.

Exhibitors who wish to register for the Castres fair must download the application file from the City website, and send it by email to the following address: [email protected] or by mail to “Ville de Castres – Foire et Salons – BP 10406 ​​Castres Cedex”. Or complete everything online.

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