Press release, August 2019
Real craftsmanship. And true art.
Old Crafts Tyrol – On 7th and 8th of September 2019
22 years of the Seefeld Craft Fair!
For the 22nd time, the Seefeld merchants' association organises the "Old Crafts Tyrol" event. As every year, craftsmen who maintain old craft traditions meet in Seefeld on the 2nd weekend in September and inspire visitors who look over the shoulders of the "old masters of their craft" as they work. The preparatory work of the organisers, stretching over half a year, is now in its final phase and one thing may be revealed: It will be a very special and unique festival – again this year we have more than 800 "Trachtler" at the event.
In craftsmanship lies the most valuable asset of mankind
This year, more than 1,500 men and women (craftsmen, musicians, choirs, traditional costume associations, tractor drivers and many more) will be shaping this unique festival in the entire pedestrian zone and showing their craftsmanship in the old tradition at more than 100 stands – and spread over the open spaces. They come from North, South and East Tyrol as well as from neighbouring Salzburg, Carinthia, Vorarlberg and Bavaria. The event – with a large farmers' market to boot – has a very high status in Seefeld's tourism year. The organisers make a very critical selection and thus create the basis for this distinctive festival with its very special character.
Rare professions show their handiwork in Seefeld's pedestrian zone
Basket weavers, saddlers, violin makers, felters' hat makers, blacksmiths, coopers, wainwrights, potters, scissor grinders, sign painters, fabric printers, goldsmiths, notch carvers, sculptors, knife and cutlery makers, gold embroiderers, quill embroiderers, hallmarkers, lace makers, wood turners, glass blowers, tanners, carpenters, engravers, mask carvers, fence builders, sheep shearers and mountain pine oil burners, to name but a few. Under the motto "From Grain to Bread", the South Tyrolean bakers show the path of the rye grain from the field to the oven. The bread dough produced on site is made into "Breatln, Vinschgerlen & Co" and baked in a wood-fired oven. The smell of bread invites you to linger and taste it. Of course, rare and almost extinct crafts will be on display, such as monastery work, ... as well as crafts that used to be cultivated on farms, such as processing sheep's wool and flax, drilling pine wood for water pipes, even a push saw will be set up, scythes will be flailed, wood split for fences and much more. The path to the chapter house with its special exhibition on the theme of "Everything about traditional costume" has also been offering more and more insight into almost forgotten crafts that can be experienced here.
Folk and brass music as well as specialities from grandmother's kitchen
Not only handicrafts have their fixed place on these two days, but also genuine folk music is cultivated in a very fine and authentic way at 9 different places in the pedestrian zone. The many lovers of brass music can look forward to the brass band "Simmerinka" from Haiming in the music pavilion (on both days). Not to be missed are the delicacies from grandmother's kitchen, which are offered at special stalls. TIP: Try the "Kiachln" and Zillertaler Krapfen.
The older the better – it's really humming...
Historical tractor parade
The main event on Saturday is the tractor parade at 1.00 pm, accompanied by the Scharnitz music band. Some of the oldest tractors date back to 1939 and some of them carry historical implements, such as the impressive first cutter bar from the Seefeld plateau. Rarities include a stand-mounted motorised grain mill, forked hay tedder and potato harvester. The Reith Choral Society will provide an atmospheric finale to the festival on Saturday with musical accompaniment to the evening service in the parish church of St. Oswald in Seefeld.
...and rocking mightily – great traditional costume parade
The absolute highlight on Sunday is the unique traditional costume parade at 1.00 pm with over 800 participants from North and South Tyrol. The procession will be accompanied by the Bürgermusikkapelle Seefeld, the Musikkapelle Patsch and the Musikkapelle Scharnitz. The Wurzelkapelle Wahlen from South Tyrol will also be taking part again – the roots are searched for in the forest, dried at home and then made into various instruments. The end of both processions is marked by the "Lord of the Wheels" association on their nostalgic penny-farthings.
Free shuttle to the village centre
The best place to park on 7th and 8th of September is at the Rosshütten car park (free of charge) – our shuttle will be happy to take you continuously from there to the centre and back.