Feria de Dax 2022: The calm before the storm

Feria de Dax 2022: The calm before the storm

“I, I’m not dacois as you know. But I arrived in the Landes at that time…

“I, I’m not daquis you know. But I arrived in Landes in holiday time and fell into the soup! Since then, I have participated every year,” says Andre humorously, former president of the Saubagnacq Association – Saint-Vincent. At 81, the active retiree still, as he likes to point out, has the same fun participating in Estanquet. Around the squares, associations, associations and sports clubs meet under the tents and offer catering and refreshments.

Under the white tent, the feeling of heat easily rises above 40 degrees Celsius, but this does not prevent the 30 volunteers from setting the tables, setting up the benches, and setting up the kitchen. “Everything was stored for three years on a farm, so we clean there to remove accumulated dust,” Andre explains, pointing to the ten women sitting at the back of the pavilion, wiping cutlery.


Volunteers from the Saubagnacq – Saint Vincent neighborhood group prepare cutlery with a smile despite the heat under the canopy.

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Final preparations in the heat

The sun also beats on Norman Broch’s forehead as he sits on his ladder and bolts on his bike. For more than thirty years, the showman has held the “No Limits” position, a huge arm that swings and pushes you upside down, with a height of more than 25 meters. “We’ve had the parties in Mont-de-Marsan, Bayonne and more recently the Soustons, but for me from Dacquois, these are the best,” guarantees the Vice-President of the Federation of French Exhibitions, happy to reinstall his apparatus this year.

From the top of his ladder, Norman Broch oversees the installation of the last balls.


From the top of his ladder, Norman Broch oversees the installation of the last balls.

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A few steps away from the stall holders of Place Saint-Pierre, the café owners of the Place de la Fontaine-Chaude carry countless beer casks, fill refrigerators and hang red and white banners. Above the Dixit Bar, the huge Toro Cape overlooks the building. “It was made by the Nice Carnival members for the occasion,” says David Marchisio, manager of the bar since 2018 but also of Secreto and Trattoria. The three establishments make up the full corner of the Place General-de-Gaulle, or “70 meters from the counter,” reveals David. Dax’s Fests meet three weeks of installation. We’ve hired 60 people in the bar, restaurant and sandwich shop. There, there’s not much left, we’re nearly ready ! »

Soldiers of the Amicale 414 are installed in the Sévigné Fountain, the former site of the peña bullfight.


Soldiers of the Amicale 414 are installed in the Sévigné Fountain, the former site of the peña bullfight.

Philip Sulfate

The calm that Dixit feels is yet to be found in peña de l’Amicale 414. Around the Sévigné fountain, there are only two of them emptying their lights and erecting a plancha. “Rest assured, we are a little more and happily! Others went to get the rest of the equipment,” says Fabian Moyroud, a spokesperson for the association.

All Alpina members are part of the Pilot Training Center at the Dakouz Military Base. This is their first party and for the occasion, they will be serving talois, traditional corn fritters from the Basque Country. Inspired by the Tyrosse festivities, the Army will also provide a festival spray to help weather the heat wave for the next few days.

In search of red and white

In the final hours leading up to the launch of Feria Gallery, a storm swept through the shelves and red and white clothing became increasingly rare.
Hands quickly look at the hangers. “Do you have 32 left?” asks the customer hastily. “Ah no, 32 is short, I have no more,” answered the saleswoman. This scene is repeated almost everywhere in the city these last days: the desperate search for red and white clothes, obligatory on holidays If storefronts continue to display festive colors, it is now the problem of size that arises.
Martín Darío explains: “In the last two years of Covid, we’ve had stocks. But there, the suppliers come to the end. This morning, we were robbed and that’s all we have left,” adds the store manager. As Martine Darau, president of Daxatou, the association of shopkeepers and artisans of Grand Dax, smiles: “Overall, it’s a good season, we started in June, earlier than usual, and since then we haven’t had any emptiness. We’ve obviously become more A request from other years.”
Desire to be a match for the party
At the same time, Frank, his wife and daughter entered the Vet Club store, rue des Carmes. Daquis, the father of the family, is looking for white pants to “rejuvenate”, smiling. And he laughs in order to revamp his “worn out of the past times and parties, especially.” Passage to the cabin and it is white wrapped for it. There is nothing in its size. Too bad, “We’ll do with old clothes!” »
Up the street, Thomas and his friends, all from La Riole, in the Gironde, come to town and “are in the street,” the student laughs. None of the three have what it takes for the holidays,” except for Maxim who’s wearing his white sneakers! The three young men are credited. As long as they each have a white shirt, and a sash and “we match,” all is well.

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