Tarquinia, the fair of the "winged horses"
Held in Tarquinia from April 29 to May 1, the 2016 edition of the Fair of Agricultural Machinery – Mostra Mercato Macchine Agricole – is one of the oldest exhibitions dedicated to agricultural mechanization in the Lazio region and is visited annually by approximately 60,000 people. Tractors of all sizes and the most various kinds of equipment for agriculture and gardening are displayed along the roads of the Tyrrhenian town. Space will also be devoted to services for multifunctionality in agriculture, with regard in particular to the production of alternative energy and rural hospitality
The legendary winged horses are the symbol of Etruscan Tarquinia and also the promoter of the Fair of Agricultural Machinery – Mostra Mercato Macchine Agricole – hosted as usual in the province of Viterbo from April 29 to May 1, along the roads running by the seafront.
On a total surface of 50,000 square meters, about 250 exhibitors from all over Italy will put on display specialized vehicles and equipment for agriculture, gardening and earth moving, with facilities for the collection, storage and packaging of agricultural products, IT and financial services, artisan products and all that may contribute to the performance of the the primary sector both for professionals and hobbyists.
The event annually hosts more than 60,000 visitors from a wide area of the Tyrrhenian coast and the hinterland areas of Tuscia and Maremma, coming to the event in order to learn the latest innovations of the various sectors represented.
The province of Viterbo is charecterized by a strong agricultural vocation, with a UUA (used agricultural area) of 193,470 ha (the largest extension of Lazio), with about 20,600 active farms and a fleet of agricultural machines that in 2015 maintained the same number of registered tractors of the previous year with 210 units and that in the first quarter of 2016 increased by 16.2%.
The Tarquinia Fair will also host an educational farm, that for several years has been set up along one of the main road of the event with live performances of the main agricultural activities and where children and teenagers can be in touch with the magic of the agricultural world. Many school groups crowd into this section especially during the first days of the event with guided tours carried out not only by their teachers but also by farmers who contribute to the training of future farmers and consumers.For some years the exhibition has also hosted all the activities that contribute to farm income, with large spaces dedicated to technical means for energy production, products and services for hospitality and entertainment in rural areas and with a local adventure park that, for the first time in this edition, will be one of the main attractions of the event.
by Giovanni M. Losavio