Clermont-Cournon Fair: nine days to regain business acumen

Sunshine to get started, it may already be a good sign. The central square of the Grande Halle d’Auvergne, main entrance to the Clermont-Cournon Fair, benefited from generous rays from the middle of the morning, Saturday September 11, when the 43rd edition of the great commercial meeting opened. back to school.

It’s gone for nine fair days, until September 19. Exhibitors and service providers were in the starting blocks and lived this awaited restart with a smile.Photo Thierry Nicolas

The masks are falling

A smile widely shared by visitors and visible. Because at the fair, where the sanitary pass is controlled at the entrance for all adults, wearing a mask is not compulsory. “Without a mask, it’s not bad”, abound Julien and Célia, from Clermont-Ferrand , came to get as much information as possible for their real estate project. “We were reluctant to come on a Saturday but it’s pretty quiet and that’s great. “

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Quiet and airy because the aisles, Covid requires, are wider than for previous editions. And because some regular exhibitors preferred to stay at home this time.Photo Thierry Nicolas

100,000 visitors expected at the Grande Halle

But for a first day, the visitors were rather there. In any case, this is the feeling of Volkan Kinay, commercial director of Conform Energie, a company based in Domérat and specializing in PVC joinery but also heat pumps. “The fair is off to a good start. We regularly do those in Montluçon and Clermont-Ferrand, where our main agencies are located. A fair like that of Clermont brings us contacts over three or four months. You have to be present to regain activity. “

Venice in the spotlight
From Marco Polo to Casanova via the Fenice and Venetian painting, not to mention the carnival and the gondolas: the essential evocations of the Serenissima are brought together in the thematic exhibition.Photo Thierry Nicolas

A brand new hall 2

The company holds its place in the energy sector installed in hall 2 brand new, which provides a completely different comfort than the usual marquee. Depending on the aisles, fair prices and other commercial operations are displayed to attract customers. Like the Center France group’s stand: one hundred days free for a one-year subscription to the newspaper.The automotive sector, indoors (here in the new hall 2) and outdoors, is well represented. Photo Thierry Nicolas

Housing, furnishings and decoration ?; automobile and caravanning ?; outdoor facilities with a multiple choice of spas and other pleasure pools; leisure and well-being ?; smart objects and their contingent of demonstrators ?; energy and finishing work ?; garden machinery, etc. : in total, fifteen business sectors are represented.

Sports Sunday with the Grand Trail

The 100,000 visitors expected and the 350 exhibitors announced have nine days to do good business. With the famous slogan “Bas les masques ?!” »Except on the thematic exhibition dedicated to Venice. The exhibition does not forget the famous carnival masks. These are beautiful to wear and are part of the legend of the Serenissima. This morning, from 10 am, the fair is stretching its legs with the 7th edition of the Grand Trail de Clermont-Ferrand.

100,000 euros of subsidy from the Region
The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region, in addition to its traditional stand installed in hall 1, this year is providing exceptional support of 100,000 euros to the Clermont-Cournon Fair (whose overall budget is 1.3 M €). The President of the Region, Laurent Wauquiez, explains it as follows: “This fair is an exceptional showcase for Auvergne. It is one of the top fifteen fairs in France. It is weakened by the crisis and we want to help it get through this difficult course. In the same vein, Laurent Wauquiez announces that he will be “called upon to intensify the Region’s partnership with the Livestock Summit”. “We will make an announcement shortly before the next edition,” he says.

The Clermont-Cournon Fair is back at the head of the gondola

Practical information about the Fair

At the large market hall of Auvergne. Hours: until September 19, from 10 am to 8 pm ?; nocturnal on September 17 until 10 p.m.

Restoration. Space open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (last admission 8 p.m.); until midnight Friday 17 and Saturday 18 September (last admission at 10 p.m.).

Prices. Full: € 7 ?; € 4.50 on the online ticket office on the foire-de-clermont.com website which also offers 5,000 free tickets; € 3 for job seekers and holders of the Citéjeune card. Free: every day from 5 p.m., students, under 18 accompanied by an adult, people with reduced mobility, for everyone all day on September 13, for seniors on Tuesday September 14 and Thursday September 16.Photo Thierry Nicolas

Health pass. Compulsory for everyone (visitors, exhibitors, service providers) from 18 years old. Checks before access control. Wearing a mask is not compulsory, except for children under 18 who do not have a health pass.

Temporary events. Wellness fair, September 11, 12 and 13 ?; event trade fair, September 14, 15 and 16 ?; Celebrate Kids, September 17, 18 and 19.

Relaxation and entertainment
Outdoors, spa exhibitors take the lion’s share, alongside car dealers, motorhomes and garden machinery. On the esplanade de la Grande Halle, which acts as the main entrance and which will welcome the Grand Trail runners this Sunday, sport is in the spotlight all week with the Clermont Foot entertainment, whose representatives are on the fair every day. For enthusiasts, a target shooting range is offered as well as an introduction to football-golf.
Photos Thierry Nicolas and Patrice Campo

The Sommet de l’Elevage, in Clermont-Ferrand, is preparing for its 30th anniversary from October 5 to 8

Texts: Patrice Campo
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