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Expo de Coss

SWITZERLAND | Wednesday, 24 October 2007 | Views [800] | Comments [1]

Francois preparing roesti

Francois preparing roesti

Not going to Switzerland while I was in Europe would have probably meant that my family would have put a contract on my head. A risk I wasn’t willing to take, especially since I love being there. Furthermore, the Expo de Coss happened to start just a few days after my arrival. It wasn’t a coincidence, since this is one of my favorite time back home. Started 43 years ago by a bunch of shop owners from Cossonay, it evolved into a regional fair housing a little over a hundred businesses under two giant plastic tents. When I was a kid, I used to run around the place, selling tombola tickets. I then became a simple visitor addicted to the wonderful crepes sold at the entrance. Finally I ended up being part of it when Seor Service decided to promote their business over there. For several years, I have spent countless hours building the showcase, and the entire team would share time every evening, doing a good bit of selling and a whole lot of public relations.

As I arrived in Cossonay, my brother-in-law Patrick had just started building the frame of this year’s Seor showcase, and I very naturally gave a hand. Holding tools, moving appliances, building things, in other words working, it all was a bit weird, but somehow felt right. Like those 18 months vagabonding were already just a memory. I had a lot of fun being among such energy and dynamism, where hundreds of people were painstakingly building something that would last all of the 9 days of this 43rd edition. Seeing this made me proud of belonging to this kind of place, this kind of people. A place where local businesses are far from moribund, where people still buy from the corner store and not always on the internet, where you know personally the local gym owner and you went to school with the baker, and where a little friendly chat replaces the grunt you get sometimes from the supermarket cashier. I can already hear some city slickers talking about those country boys, but I was born and raised like this, and nothing replaces human contact in my eyes. And believe it or not, this mentality goes on long way when you are traveling.

They say time flies when you’re having fun, and it did. Before I knew it, time had come for me to leave again. I barely had time to see some close friends, but as I expected, met at the Expo so many others that I hadn’t seen for a long time. This is also part of the magic of it, and a good reason for me not to miss it two years in a row.

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hi,
sounds great. Must make a point to visit expo de coss when next in switzerland.
Richard from Lilla, in the bush, an aboriginal community 250 kms east of Alice Springs, where I am at the moment (originally from Frauenfeld) Come and see us too when next downunder....

  richard May 24, 2008 11:36 AM

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