Schueberfouer- A Retrospection
(CH) It's been a while since John the Blind founded the Schueberfouer in 1340 – to be precise, no less than 671 years of mouth-watering “Gromperekichelcher”, markets and bumper cars!
And, while the end of summer ushers in a new round of fun, many still look back fondly at past “Fouers”.
Fair enough, some details may have gotten lost as fairgoers go head over heels on the latest thrilling attraction or during one or more thirsty evenings at the “Schwarzwaldhaus”.
But, we wanted to hear about people's fond memories or those less than graceful moments spent at Luxembourg's biggest fair.
While interviewing two million fairgoers seemed like a big ask, instead we spoke to three real 'fans' to hear their memories:
Cycling sensation Frank Schleck has never shied away from speed and adrenalin but it turns out when it comes to the Schueberfouer he's a sucker for ghouls and all things spooky.
He said: "I think everybody in Luxembourg and from the borders knows about the Schueberfouer. I remember my first time visiting it and there was a giant swing for kids. We used to go with the family every year and would go on all the rollercoasters and rides. We had to try everything out. It was great.
"I think we would go at least two or three times a year and we always had a good time. I think my favourite ride was the haunted house. I loved being scared.
"Now that I have my own family, my little one is a bit too young to go. But, we still went there last year with the team. It's just a great day out. There are millions of people milling around and you always see people you know, people you went to school with. It's not just for children."
The annual show opens with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by the Luxembourg City mayor followed by a procession of sheep in a nod to the fair's market roots.
Luxembourg-City Mayor Paul Helminger therefore, has been a regular attendee of the fair, though he got more than he bargained for one year.
“On opening day, the mayor is not only supposed to cut the ribbon and, in the following procession, avoid stepping into whatever is left on the pavement by the preceding herd of sheep. He is also supposed to test a number of shows, much to the delight of that other herd of youngsters sticking to the mayor and eager for a free ride,” the mayor explained, adding: “I try to avoid those shows where you’re never quite sure where your head is going to be the next moment, but some years ago I was trapped on what from the outside looked like a pretty normal rollercoaster, except that most of the ride was indoors. And so I found myself exposed to a dizzying display of Strobe lights and ear-shattering sounds.
"But, above all I was thrown up and down and around, hurled through abrupt corners without any visible reference to what was coming next. Frightful! I bravely held my breath while my only consolation was the shrieks of the young folks next to me. I believe I even mustered something of a smile when we finally emerged from this frenzy of sound, light and movement into the outside world - and into the crowd, obviously waiting for some sign of distress. I had survived, but learned again that you should not buy a cat in a bag, even if it is for free.”
For many though, the Schueberfouer plays another important role- the bringing together of friends and family.
Birdbones lead singer Deborah Lehnen explained: “Schueberfouer is THE 'rendez-vous' of the year and you don't wanna be the loser by missing it! It's good, it's fun, it's homely, because really, Schueberfouer equals gathering. I feel like a kid each time I go there because it's all about friends and family coming together to enjoy a few (or more) hours eating, drinking and enjoying games. It's even good to go there after work, just to relax a bit.
The best of all is that I can have a good time with friends I haven't seen in ages. Schueberfouer means that my Luxembourgish friends who've left the country come back home for at least a couple of days so I can meet them for drinks at the “Gréngt Spill” and some nice “Gromperekichelcher” in between, -until someone gets sick, which again can be fun too!
WE BIRDBONES LOVE THE SCHUEBERFOUER, WE SPENT ROCK’N’ROLL TIMES THERE !! ”
… guess that speaks for all of us too.