Life in the heart of France
Blond Christmas Fair
9th December 2012
The village of Blond holds a Capon Fair on the 2nd Sunday of every December. One of those uniquely French events, with market stalls and hot food stalls, crafts and Christmassy wares, wines and artisan breads, pricey cheeses and all manner of cured meats and boudin noir, (black pudding) made in bloody steaming vats right there in the street.
The folks dress up in their confrerie robes and parade through the streets. A dozen capons are 'raced' through the crowd, encouraged somewhat by men with pitchforks marshalling them toward the finish line. Bets are placed, fowl are frightened, the winners are announced over the PA. We bumped into friends, shared a glass of hot spiced red wine, ate lovely skinny french fries and mooched around the market.
Clogs still made and worn in these parts.
This sculpture by the local children, was made from plastic water bottles, paint, papier maché and chicken wire - very colourful!