Autumn fair by the Skåne Farmstead

The Autumn Fair is held at Skansen on the last weekend in September each year.

Skåne Farmstead

On a cold March day in 1912 a cart horse pulled a sled, loaded with furniture and personal belongings, over the plain towards the parish of Hög northwest of Lund. The Åkesson family was on its way to a new home.

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Traditions

Tradition claims that Michaelmas fairs used to be held all over Sweden. People traded craft wares‚ household necessities and farm animals. At Skansen the Autumn Fair is an annual fixture at which you will meet tavern waitresses‚ stable-lads‚ farmers and smallholders bringing this year’s produce to market. The fair is organized by Skansen’s Village Institute and it provides a taste of life at a country fair in the old days.

Among the items on sale are textiles‚ woodcrafts‚ household utensils‚ toys‚ vegetables‚ candy‚ goat’s cheese‚ bread and buns‚ jams and cordials.

For hungry adults there is traditional pea soup washed down with warm schnapps. Swedish potato dumplings suit the whole family and there are fresh fish from the archipelago. You can enjoy traditional music performed on the harmonica‚ watch the dancing at the crossroads or learn about ancient pastimes‚ some of them pretty vigorous like tug of war and wrestling. Try keeping your balance on the “greasy pole” and get rid of those aggressions by breaking some china.



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