The annual Rheinland-Pfalz State Fair will take place today to Sunday in Pirmasens. Cities and union communities of the state of Rheinland-Pfalz, charity organizations as well as military forces will participate in the fair to demonstrate who they are and what they have to offer.
Entertaining programs with live music, dance performances, presentations and displays will be offered on 11 stages and in activity areas in the center of town.
The market of cities and counties on Exerzierplatz will reflect the diversity of the communities in Rheinland-Pfalz. It will display offers for tourists, traditional craftsmanship and culinary specialties from the different regions.
“We are looking forward to this great state fair, which at the same time will be the highlight of celebrations regarding the 250th anniversary of Pirmasens,” said Malu Dreyer, Minister President of Rheinland-Pfalz.
The U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force will be available in a military camp. The Air Force will be represented by the fire department with fire trucks, security forces with a police cruiser, and the 1st Combat Communications Squadron with Hawkeye, a deployable lightweight low-visibility tactical satellite terminal.
The Army side of the KMC will send the 21st Theater Sustainment Command 5th Quarter-master Detachment displaying riggers operations, the 7th Civil Support Command with medical treatment and training gear, the U.S. Army Materiel Command clinical engineering division with a portable defibrillator, an infusion pump and vital science monitor.
Traditionally, the minister president will sponsor a military youth reception for selected Soldiers and Airmen and members of the German Bundeswehr.
Attending Airmen will be Airman 1st Class Joshua Peckham, 86th Comptroller Squadron; Airman 1st Class Alexander Parkos, 86th Communications Squadron; Airman 1st Class Kyle Myers, 786th Force Support Squadron; Airman 1st Class Angel Murphy, 76th Airlift Squadron; Senior Airman Lilyanne Williams, 726th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron; and Airman 1st Class Tory Weaver, 721st Aerial Port Squadron.
U.S. Army attendants will be Spc. Jose Carrero, Pfc. Shelby Meinhardt, Pfc. Eric Johnson, Pfc. Dianne Duran and Pvt. 2 Tylor Trombley. All Soldiers belong to the 21st Theater Support Command, 21st Troop Support Battalion, 5th Quartermaster Detachment.
The U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa Band will present an opening concert 3 to 4:30 p.m. today and take part in the fest parade starting 1 p.m. Sunday.
The U.S. Army Europe Band will entertain the audience on the Rheinland-Pfalz stage starting 5:20 p.m. Saturday.
A German-French farmers and organic market will be set up on Bahnhofstrasse with 25 farmers presenting their products, which visitors can taste.
Rescue and relief services can be found at the town’s official fairground called Messegelände.
In Strecktal-Park, a variety of sports will be offered: climbing on a climbing wall, surfing in a simulator, biking, bungee jumping, trampoline, riding, skating and bull riding.
“The program of the event helps to get to know Pirmasens,” said Lord Mayor Dr. Bernhard Matheis. “Join the discovery tour in the parks, streets and on squares.”
The entertaining programs on the stages with various bands, singers and disc jockeys will begin at 2 p.m. today and
11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Organizers recommend to go by train from Kaiserslautern to Pirmasens. The VRN daily ticket (Tageskarte) costs €16 for one person, €19.50 for two, €23 for three people, €26.50 for four and €30 for five persons. Tickets are available at the ticket machines at the train station. Choose “Verbundfahrschein,” then “Tageskarte Rheinland-Pfalz-Tag Pirmasens,” and then enter number of persons. For complete schedules, visit www.vrn.de or www.der-takt.de.
“I wish all visitors eventful hours at the 30th Rheinland-Pfalz State Fair, useful information and interesting encounters,” Dreyer said.
The next Rheinland-Pfalz State Fair will take place July 18 to 20 in Neuwied.
For more information and a detailed program, visit www.rlp-tag.de.