The Fira de les 40 hores de Ripoll will be held on the weekend of March 24 to 26, and will bring together more than 250 stalls. This year it maintains the elongated shape that was released in 2022, connecting the fair area with the center with Devesa del Pla. There will be three different spaces dedicated to crafts and food, another for companies and entities and another for vehicles.
The most important sectoral fair in the region celebrates 40 years since it recovered and it does so with the desire to continue growing, as explained by the councilor for Fires, Manoli Vega, who presented the news accompanied by representatives of the Unió Intersectoral and Ripollès Business Association and the Ripoll Comerç Association.
"The fair is very alive and we want to consolidate the format of the kilometer and a half that we tried last year," says the councilor. The connection between the nucleus and the Devesa del Pla as a new space for the city is a good idea, as she has explained. In addition, this approach solves the parking and mobility problems that existed when it was concentrated only in the center.
Regarding programming, the official opening will be this Friday, March 24 in the afternoon, although the day before there will be some activity, such as the Tapa Route, specially designed to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the fair and where they will give away 40 tapas through a contest on social networks. There will also be an exhibition on its history in Sant Pere street.
The multi-sector fair will be open from morning to afternoon on both Saturday and Sunday. For yet another year they have chosen to accompany it with parallel activities, such as parades, presentations, product tastings and workshops with the idea of giving added value to the visit and generating more activity.
One of the highlights will be the concert on Saturday night by Amistades Peligrosas, a band from the 90s that has returned to the stage for some time remembering some of their hits.
In order to maintain the essence of the fair, the activities have been differentiated by sectors, dividing them between crafts, food and entities and companies. In addition, there will be a third sector located in Devesa del Pla dedicated to the motor with activities such as vehicle exhibitions and a trial for children.
The general secretary of the Ripollès Intersectoral and Business Union (UIER), Josep Pascal, explained that the will is to “continue making the fair grow. It is important to get people to come to Ripoll and seduce them into the stores, which will be open this weekend”, he detailed.
Pascal has also claimed the value of the companies in the region, some with international projection, adding that Ripollès is much more than a destination for sports, tourism and snow activities.
"There have been people to whom we have had to say no because the spaces were already full, such as the artisan sector," highlighted Verga, pointing out that in the face of future editions it may be necessary to extend the tour even more.