EXPO Pfalz coming to K-Town

by Petra Lessoing
Ramstein Public Affairs

Kaiserslautern hosts EXPO Pfalz, a new fair, Thursday to June 14 at the Messeplatz fairgrounds.

More than 150 exhibitors will present their merchandise, services and information in a 6,000-square-meter hall and 8,000-square-meter open area.

“Kaiserslautern’s economy is using this fair as a strong statement to get presented in the region in an innovative way,” said Elke Tronche, from the Pirmasens fair and event association. “Visitors will be entertained while exhibitors present who they are.”

Things on display will include health, fitness, food, garden dreams, renovations, vehicles, fashion and tourism.

“EXPO Pfalz covers all trendy issues, which are big and important nowadays,” said Michael Frits, project manager of EXPO pfalz.

Exhibitions are embedded in a diversified entertainment program.

“EXPO night is a rock and pop festival June 12, when the local heroes Stephan Flesch & Friends are going to perform,” Mrs. Tronche said. Other bands performing during the fair are: Crime & Passion,

1 p.m. Thursday; Smooth Generation, 11 a.m. June 12; Worsnitza’s Little Jazz Orchestra, 10 a.m. June 14; and a marching band, 2 p.m. June 14.

A special show will also be presented by Rocco Giacobbe, the singing cook, who is well known from several television shows. He will entertain the audience with cooking and singing at 11 a.m. Thursday and June 14.

EXPO pfalz also presents the regional casting for Miss Westpfalz at 3 p.m. June 13.

“The winner will have the chance to participate in the Miss Germany elections,” Mrs. Tronche said.

Other interesting events taking place during the fair are presentations by the Pfalztheater at 10 a.m. Thursday, passing out of cherry blossom tea by the Japanese Garden from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 13, a meeting of vintage vehicles at 11 a.m. June 14 and a variety of games and activities.

“We expect about 40,000 visitors from throughout the area,” said Kaiserslautern’s Lord Mayor Klaus Weichel. “We hope that fair visitors also come to see the garden fair and Japanese Garden. It’s our chance to show how interesting our city is.”

About 500 parking spots will be available near the fairgrounds for a parking fee of €2 per day. The fair offers professional child care free of charge. Tickets to EXPO Pfalz cost €6 for adults, €3 for children 10 to 18 years old, €4 for students 18 and over and free for children under 10.

For more details, visit www.expo-pfalz.de.