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Cobblers Sunday

If you’re from Tržič attending Cobblers Sunday is a must. Nowhere else do people use the expression “It was like Cobblers”. This expression is difficult to explain. It definitely means crowded, but not in a negative sense. It means a time when a lot of people gather together. They check out the stands and booths, meet up with acquaintances, celebrate, and watch all the people. The event is inseparably linked with Tržič’s main square –Pvac.

On Angel Sunday, the first Sunday in September, the streets of Tržič come alive and the town beneath the Karawanks attracts large numbers of visitors. Cobblers Sunday developed from the Tržič fairs. The town acquired market rights in 1492 for the sale of wine, livestock, and iron products. Thus there began a series of weekly as well as annual fairs, of which the most important was the fair for farm products on Angel Sunday (the first Sunday in September).

Cobblers Sunday long ago became more than just a fair: it is also a town of crafts, purchases, sports, entertainment, sweepstakes, learning and fun, all in the spirit of spending a day both pleasantly and usefully. The greatest number of visitors are attracted by the bargains to be had at the fair. More than 300 stands offer a wide range of goods for purchase; among them the selection of footwear at affordable prices attracts the greatest interest.

Craftspeople and societies present their activities. The tradition of Cobblers Sunday is associated with the custom called "frejšpreh'nga". In the past it was on Cobblers Sunday that cobblers' apprentices were promoted to journeymen.

The accompanying programme for Cobblers Sunday offers something for everybody. Galleries and museums open their doors and show their collections, and stage performances by musicians, dancers, and athletes take place throughout the day. The very young as well as the less young can learn about the tradition of shoemaking and crafts, have fun in the amusement park, and try their luck in sweepstakes.

The hungry and thirsty can choose from among Slovenian culinary specialties, with particular attention given to traditional foods from Tržič at the Tržič Bržola Festival.

Come visit us on the first Sunday in September. Buy yourself some shoes, eat some bržola, and have some fun.

Date of the next event

Sunday, 3. September 2017

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