First autumn fairs visited by 45,000 people

The interest in the 44th International Fair of Hunting, Fishing and Sport LORIST, the 44th International Fair of Tourism and the 2nd International Fair of Horse-breeding "HorseVille" was the same as last year - it has been said today at a press conference.

During five days of the events, there were around 45,000 visitors, although the first autumn events lasted shorter than last year.

The manager of LORIST and the Fair of Tourism, Imelda Monarov Čuljak, said that the concrete results would be seen after the events, but she confirmed there had been a great number of business meetings and professional events.

-  Hunting dominated this year’s LORIST, while there were fewer exhibitors of fishing equipment, most likely due to the current situation on the market, which is something we, as a fair institution, cannot influence, but we are definitely going to try to change, said Monarov Čuljak.

She said that the Novi Sad Fair would not have been able to organise such events alone, had it not been for various national ministries, provincial secretariats and companies, such as "Vojvodinašume", who successfully organised the first Fair of Forestry at the outdoor exhibition area. The event is expected to take an international character next year.

- LORIST has met all our expectations and at certain points it looked like the International Agricultural Fair, mainly due to "HorseVille", said Monarov Čuljak.

Assistant director for forest utilisation at the public company "Vojvodinašume", Milenko Ilić, said that the Fair of Forestry, as a special segment of this year’s LORIST, had met all their expectations and that their exhibition stands had recorded a high number of visitors.

- The visitors were able to learn about all segments of our business and we are particularly pleased to welcome our guests from the Slovenian Hunters’ Association, who took part in all hunting competitions and professional events, said Ilić.

He emphasised that "Vojvodinašume" also welcomed all three secondary schools of forestry from Serbia and that students from Kraljevo, Sremska Mitrovica and Novi Sad were most interested in the wood-cutting competition and even took part in it.

- The visitors were especially interested in the demonstrations of our machines, some of which are unique in the region, said Ilić.

The Secretary General of the Equestrian Club "Dona" from Macedonia, Kiro Stojanovski, said that it was extremely important that the International Fair of Horse-breeding was organised again, since it was an opportunity for the exhibitors from the whole region to gather, present their horses and learn about the novelties in the field of veterinary medicine.

- I would particularly like to point out the well-designed parkours at the show-jumping competitions at the Green Arena, where young horses took part. In general, we are very satisfied with the event, especially with the time spent with our colleague from the region, said Stojanovski.

Leather maker Nikola Đuran said that craftsmen were very satisfied with this year’s event, which enabled them to present their products outside their workshops.

- It is our wish to show that children can be creative even without using a computer mouse, that they can use their ten fingers to create something of great value, like the products we, traditional craftsmen, make, said Đuran.

Next event to be held at the Novi Sad Fair is the 11th "Car Show – Novi Sad", held between 12th and 16th October.