Photos: Romania’s autumn fairs exhilarate all ages, incomes

UPDATED ON OCT 14, 2019 10:02 AM IST
Rides are backdropped by the sunset sky at an autumn fair in Titu, southern Romania. The country’s autumn fairs are a loud and colourful reminder that summer has come to an end and, for many families in poorer areas of the country, one of the few affordable public entertainment events of the year. (Vadim Ghirda / AP)
People enjoy a swing ride at an autumn fair in Titu, southern Romania. Fairs like the one in Titu, northwest of Bucharest, which is on its 187th edition, were the sole public entertainment in 19th-century rural Romania. It’s a bit more high-tech nowadays, but otherwise little has changed in two centuries. (Andreea Alexandru / AP)
Children, one wearing a tiger mask, sit at a table in the food area of an autumn fair in Titu, southern Romania. Thousands flock to fields outside small cities, where entertainment areas are set up from mid-week until the weekend. (Vadim Ghirda / AP)
A child laughs while on a ride. Entertainers scream at the top of their lungs to advertise the rides, painted in a kitsch style with images of famous action movie actors like Vin Diesel or performers like Michael Jackson. (Andreea Alexandru / AP)
A girl hits a boxing power punch machine at the fair. Music and flashing lights strike visitors on arrival at the fairground, which is constantly engulfed in smoke from the food grills and an endless mix of food flavours. (Andreea Alexandru / AP)
A child jumps on a trampoline at the fair. While younger people focus on the fairground rides and games, the elderly take advantage of the markets, stocking up on winter supplies of fruits, vegetables and other household items available at lower prices than in Romania’s mainstream shops. (Vadim Ghirda / AP)
People enjoy a ride at the fair. Romania, a nation of 19.4 million, is located on the Black Sea in southeastern Europe. It is one of the poorest members of the 28-nation European Union and has struggled to fight rampant corruption. (Andreea Alexandru / AP)

Rides are backdropped by the sunset sky at an autumn fair in Titu, southern Romania. The country’s autumn fairs are a loud and colourful reminder that summer has come to an end and, for many families in poorer areas of the country, one of the few affordable public entertainment events of the year. (Vadim Ghirda / AP)

People enjoy a swing ride at an autumn fair in Titu, southern Romania. Fairs like the one in Titu, northwest of Bucharest, which is on its 187th edition, were the sole public entertainment in 19th-century rural Romania. It’s a bit more high-tech nowadays, but otherwise little has changed in two centuries. (Andreea Alexandru / AP)

Children, one wearing a tiger mask, sit at a table in the food area of an autumn fair in Titu, southern Romania. Thousands flock to fields outside small cities, where entertainment areas are set up from mid-week until the weekend. (Vadim Ghirda / AP)

A child laughs while on a ride. Entertainers scream at the top of their lungs to advertise the rides, painted in a kitsch style with images of famous action movie actors like Vin Diesel or performers like Michael Jackson. (Andreea Alexandru / AP)

A girl hits a boxing power punch machine at the fair. Music and flashing lights strike visitors on arrival at the fairground, which is constantly engulfed in smoke from the food grills and an endless mix of food flavours. (Andreea Alexandru / AP)

A child jumps on a trampoline at the fair. While younger people focus on the fairground rides and games, the elderly take advantage of the markets, stocking up on winter supplies of fruits, vegetables and other household items available at lower prices than in Romania’s mainstream shops. (Vadim Ghirda / AP)

People enjoy a ride at the fair. Romania, a nation of 19.4 million, is located on the Black Sea in southeastern Europe. It is one of the poorest members of the 28-nation European Union and has struggled to fight rampant corruption. (Andreea Alexandru / AP)

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Fairs like the one in Romania’s Titu, northwest of Bucharest, which is on its 187th edition, were the sole public entertainment in the rural parts of the country in the 19th-century. However, these fairs continue to attract the public, owing to easy access and affordability. Thousands flock to fields outside small cities, where entertainment areas are set up from mid-week until the weekend. While younger people focus on the fairground rides and games, the elderly take advantage of the markets, stocking up on winter supplies of fruits, vegetables and other household items available at lower prices than in Romania's mainstream shops.

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