Bourg-Achard celebrates its famous "Fair to Bourrette" every 3rd Sunday of September. In the 14th century, its inception, the show at the Bourrette was one of the most famous of the region. Today it remains, even if some are unhappy about the fairs of yesteryear with the cattle market, chickens on a spit, blouses and clogs which they bought for the children back to school, an unmissable event. To date, entitled "Fair to Bourrette" It was formerly known as "Fair St. Matthew". Indeed, this fair was held on the day of the autumnal equinox and lasted two days on 21 and 22 September. In the 17th century, this show was of such importance that a third day was added. In the next century, it was shortened to two days 20 and 21 September. One may wonder about the curious name of "Fair to Bourrette", two versions are given to explain it. In Normandy we give the name of "stuffing, noil" to the female duck, we know that this bird likes muddy water. But fair is not favored by the weather, onlookers were entertained there and paddled joyfully as the stuffing in the mud. The onlookers were muddy and wet, was given the name of "Fair to Bourrette. The second explanation comes from the definition of "fill", clusters of fibers used to make clothes of poor quality. But in September, the major fields of work are completed, but farmers were heavily worn garments and the fair, both festive and commercial collection, may be used to purchase new clothes. In the last century, the show at the Bourrette was great meeting you shopping Normandy. Merchants came from Bayeux, Caen, Alençon, Rouen? The innkeepers had nowhere to turn, the customer was very large and would be fed and housed. A Fair to Bourrette, all businesses and industries were represented, drapers, milliners, hatters, shoemakers, merchants of bric a brac hélaient the passing crowd. The animals also had a fine hand, buyers moving to the horses, colts, cows, sheep and pigs.
EVENTS AND CELEBRATIONS
Every 3rd Sunday of September: Bourg-Achard celebrates its famous "Fair to Bourrette.