Minister Axel Wintermeyer at the Landesausstellung

On Sunday I was invited to accompany Staatsminister (Minister of State) Axel Wintermeyer around the Landesausstellung (County Show) at the Hessentag as part of the press pack. Minister Wintermeyer is head of the State Chancellery.

Ironically, I was one of the few to take advantage of the invitation, the irony of the situation being that it was his department that refused my press accreditation only a few days beforehand!

Minister Wintermeyer with his staff in Hall 1 at the Hessentag in Oberursel

Minister Wintermeyer with his staff and a Hessen mug in Hall 1

The Minister started his tour at his own department’s stand in Hall 1, where visitors were being offered a mug with the Hessian coat of arms on it in return for a donation of at least €2.  The funds raised are due to be donated to the Oberurseler Werkstätten (workshops for the disabled). [Read more…]

430,000 visitors at the first Hessentag weekend

Oberursel is well on its way to reaching the target of 1 Million visitors during the 10-day Hessentag in the coming week.

The first three days of the event saw 430,000 visitors come to the town, according to a statement by the local Hesse Government.  15,000 of them went to the Roxette concert last night and another 50,000 were at Just White on Saturday night.

Almost a third of the visitors went to the Landesausstellung outside the town in an area called the Drei Hasen.  This is something of a County Show and is well worth visiting, although in my opinion it has been under-publicised.

The Adenauerallee in Oberursel on Whit Monday during the Hessentag

The Adenauerallee in Oberursel on Whit Monday

Many of the county ministries and departments have stands there in Hall 1, and in Hall 2 a lot of the local tourist attractions have information stands and leaflets to encourage visitors to go and see them in the summer.  Organisations such as the police, Red Cross and charities such as World Vision are also exhibiting there, with lots of things for children to do.

With Monday almost behind us, there are still six days left to visit the Hessentag.

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