Visiting a Dutch fair
A typical Dutch fair
The Dutch fair used to be an annual market that was held on the day of the ordination of the patron saint of the town. It was on this day the townsfolk came together to celebrate and drink in honour of the patron saint. This was usually the only time in the year people had a big celebration in town and the fair began to become more and more popular. In the bigger cities the fair lost its ties to religion and became more commercial. Now the fair only has religous ties to the fair in the small communities where the mass is still part of the fair. A Dutch fair lasts from 3 days in small towns to 10 days in the bigger cities.
Typical fair attractions:
- Ferris Wheel
- Merry Go Round
- Shooting gallery
- Haunted House
- Roller Coasters
- Log Flume
- Candy Stands
- Multiple stands where games can be played to win prizes
- All kinds of action attractions
Do's and Don'ts:
- Dutch fairs usually have a family day, visiting on family day could save a lot of money because the rides will be much cheaper.
- Trying some of the typical dutch candy.
- Visiting the firework shows, not all fairs offer firework shows though. But the ones that do are usually pretty good.
- Bringing lots of cash, crowded fairs do attract thieves and pickpockets. There are always enough ATM's to withdraw money from.
- Visiting fairs in smaller towns/communities, these do not have much rides and stands and are usually only fun to visit when you are from the area and know the town. The fairs at these towns/comunities mostly depend on their party's in the local pubs.
Biggest fairs in the Netherlands: