Stegona Market – Bruneck
On 26-28 October, the Tyrol’s largest fair close to Bruneck.
“Whoever wants to have a good winter, has to go to the Stegona Market,” says an old Pusteria Valley saying.
Every year, at the end of October (this year from Friday, October 26 to Sunday 28, 2018), the Alto Adige meets in Stegona, one of Bruneck’s civil parishes, for the largest fair in South Tyrol.
Once upon a time, the Stegona Market was the only occasion Puster Valley citizens had to buy everything they needed for the long, cold winter months, to sell their products, and to meet people from all over the Region.
The first day of the Market is traditionally known as the “Day of the Austrians”, because on October 26 (Austria’s national day), thousands of Austrians from North and East Tyrol flood the streets of Bruneck.
The second day is called the “Livestock Market”, as it used to be reserved for animal trade.
On the third day, servants went to Stegona in search of a new master, which explains why it’s known as the “People Market”.
Nowadays, these names don’t hold any significance anymore, but, just as it was back then, literally everything can be found at the Stegona Market (“Stegener Markt” in German). Tractors, cattle, speck, cheese, honey, chestnuts, slippers, shoes, socks, jackets, gloves, household goods and toys are just some of the things sold by the over 300 peddlers and stalls.
Plus, chestnut roasters, local traditional products, flea markets, and even an amusement park for children – so that fun is guaranteed for the whole family.
And for those who don’t like shopping but would never miss the merry atmosphere of the fair, food and drinks for everyone are prepared in the tent set up by Stegona’s volunteer Firefighters.