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Country Fair Achievements 2017 - 2018

Achievements and results
Our best achievement is that the events have grown as greatness, as it developed from a country fair in which the producers were encouraged, into a place where communities present to the public their cultural heritage, unfolding their many layers: producers, traditional recipes cooked on the spot, exhibitions of patrimony objects illustrating the main occupations of the villagers, exhibitions with photos illustrating the traditional houses, folk costumes, landscapes with the village and their lands, craftsmen and workshops for showing the process of creating a traditional object.
Producers of traditional goods come into contact with our visitors, and in time, they had more visitors.
Each year, there are more and more visitors interested in the events, they even ask for the next events and about the communities invited.

The effect on the communities
Communities invited in the museum are better viewed and recognized by anyone looking for them or the activities promoted. They learn to value more what they still have, they learn to organize themselves better, they become aware that what they still live or know is valuable for everyone interested in tradition, they are even in competition one with another.

How the producers were selected?
There were two main ways to select the producers. First, there are some criteria that should be taken into account, connected to the producer’s licenses and food safety criteria. The partners have chosen the permanent producers, and during the communities’ fair, the mayor of a village brings all the producers that are under his authority. The other way to choose the producers is to answer their request to be part of the Country fair.
What the country fair is now:
The events that happen as part of the programme The country fair are all about preserving and promoting cultural heritage. Through the help of culinary tradition, we try to build a social network between the actants-the representatives of the communities invited, and the visitors of the museum and even the staff of the museum.
Just imagine, an old lady cooking the most traditional dishes in the village, whose recipes were probably taught to her by a grandmother, telling everybody words that describe an image of another world: a village whose cultural landscape is all set in order, everybody works its land thoroughly, in all the yards there are plenty of fowls, cows, sheep, horses. Everything is set in order, everybody work for their food, thank God for all His gifts and feast almost half of the y
ear round. In this context, food is at the heart of the social interaction, grandmothers, mothers and daughters cook together, teaching the younger ones all they should or shouldn’t do. Now, think of this old lady, telling the visitors about this foreign image of the traditional village, of the weddings and christening celebrations, about the joy of having your dear ones close to you and share with them the outcome of your work.
The Fair of the communities is actually a holiday of the village, as the representatives of each community, namely the mayor, producers of traditional food, craftsmen, groups of dancers, folk singers, old ladies cooks show the best of their cultural heritage. 
Everybody wins, both the communities who realise that all this in valuable and deserves to be preserved and promoted and we, the beneficiaries who feed ourselves with the beauty and temperance of tradition in all its aspects.

Traditional costumes, traditional textiles, pottery, exhibition of patrimony objects, craftmen’s workshops, exhibition of photos with traditional houses, people in folk costumes, landscapes of the village and the land, everything completes the image of the community invited at the country fair. 


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