As we drove to Saint-Frambault we arrived at a road block about 2 kilometres from the town where we had to pay our 5 euro entry fee and directed to continue down the road to the car park. It seems that the whole town and surrounding area was blocked off for the fair, the French know how to do these things well. The car park (rough old field at the side of the road) was almost full but there was a gate through to the next field for the overflow. This first photo was from the exit of the car park and is a big advert for another fair at Barenton on the 1st September.
These two lads were engrossed in their games. The one on the right was trying to get the wooden ball down the track but I'm not sure what the other one was doing. Each of the games had a sheet with instructions but it was all in French so we were struggling to translate them.
This stall had loads of tiny shoes. I couldn't figure out whether they were real shoes or just for ornaments. They were all pretty colours though.
This stall had all sorts of wooden things including toys, useful objects and ornaments. I was particularly interested in all these little owls.
In the centre of the town was this lovely church with the usual market square in front of it. Today instead of the market were a couple of stages where there will be musicians playing later in the day.
As we walked around the field there was a lot of activity in a roped off section of the field so we went over to have a look. There was a dozen or so men dressed up as old fashioned farmers who were laying down some corn on top of a large piece of tarpaulin. The fellow in the white shirt was going around interviewing the "farmers" and was apparently cracking lots of jokes because the crowd were laughing out loud.
After the interviews and more jokes the men stood in two rows facing each other and started smashing the heads of corn with their jointed sticks. They all worked as a team and moved up and down the area of corn until they had covered it all twice over. Heres a very short clip of them in action.
When they had finished the women stepped forward and removed the stalks of the corn to reveal the grains covering the floor. It seemed a bit labour intensive to me but everyone seemed to be having a good time.