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Haan Fair

The fam­ily-friendly folk fest­iv­al

|Septem­ber| A folk fest­iv­al with ap­peal for both fam­il­ies and party-lov­ers: A great choice of rides, es­pe­cially for kids, live mu­sic and hot-dog stalls await vis­it­ors young and old

Along­side the Rheinkir­mes fair, which likes to call it­self ?the largest fair on the Rhine?, there is an­oth­er high­light in the an­nu­al fair cal­en­dar that takes place not far from NRW?s cap­it­al city of Düs­sel­dorf. The Haan­er Kir­mes (Haan Fair) has its own spe­cial at­trac­tions and counts as one of the most tra­di­tion­al folk fest­ivals in North Rhine-West­phalia. It takes place over four days in late Septem­ber and draws around 400,000 vis­it­ors to its fair grounds every year.

Around 200 fair­ground en­ter­tain­ment fam­il­ies pitch their tents in the centre of Haan in early au­tumn, of­fer­ing a col­our­ful mix of thrill­ing rides and stalls selling all man­ner of tasty snacks. Vis­it­ors in­tent on hav­ing a good time are well catered for with live mu­sic and DJ sets.

The fair as a fam­ily at­trac­tion

The Haan Fair is above all known as a fam­ily-friendly event, with plenty to en­ter­tain and amuse the little ones every day. The high­lights last time out in­cluded 13 chil­dren?s rides and a Punch and Judy show.

There is a lot to take in: If all the rides and stalls of the Haan Fair were ar­ranged side by side, they would stretch along a dis­tance of al­most two kilo­metres.

A his­tory dat­ing back to 1715

The ori­gin­al folk fest­iv­al which evolved in­to the Haan Fair over the cen­tur­ies was it­self a large af­fair. The main street go­ing through the town was ex­cep­tion­ally wide even in me­di­ev­al times ? to­geth­er with the old mar­ket square, it was able to ac­com­mod­ate a 10,000-strong Car­oling­i­an army.

Doc­u­ments on bak­ing and brew­ing weights and meas­ures dat­ing back to 1386 show that a type of fair was held in Haan at the time, of­fer­ing pro­vi­sions and mo­ment­ary good cheer to rest­ing armies. It was not un­til 1715 that a doc­u­ment made of­fi­cial men­tion of a ?fair?. Non­ethe­less, re­search­ers be­lieve that the roots of the Haan Fair go all the way back to the 9th or even the 8th cen­tury.

School?s out on Fair Monday

Nowadays, the event has all the trap­pings of a mod­ern fun­fair. The open­ing Sat­urday is cel­eb­rated with free beer and non-al­co­hol­ic drinks, gun sa­lutes and the re­lease of hun­dreds of bal­loons.

Monday has al­ways been a spe­cial hol­i­day dur­ing the fair. Pub­lic life in Haan comes to a com­plete stand­still, the kids have a day off school, and all the banks, busi­nesses and of­fices shut at mid­day so that every­one can head to the fair and make the most of the day!


26 to 29 Septem­ber 2020


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