at the Shepherd Festival of Túrkeve
This year the 8th Shepherd Festival was held in Túrkeve
on 13-14 May. Nimfea Environment and Nature Conservation Association
was represented at the festival, where the main focus was
on the preservation of local traditions.
So the colleagues of the Association welcomed the guests of
the Nimfea stall wearing traditional local folk costumes.
The visitors could meet some of the most important actors
of the Landscape Rehabilitation and Regional Development Program
of Túrkeve, such as the small flock of traditional racka and
merino sheep. The flock was very popular among the visitors,
there was always someone around with a handful of grass feeding
and making friends with the sheep.
The sheep were shepherd to the Nimfea stall on their feet,
causing some surprise and amusement among the participants
of the festival.
A typical element of the traditional local
architecture, a reed hut ("kontyos kunyhó") was
built with the enthusiastic help of volunteers. This kind
of reed hut was an essential building in the time where huge
flocks of sheep grazed the grassland guarded by a shepherd
and his dog.
Next to the reed hut traditional sheep stew was cooked on
both days, which was a great success among the guests, and
all dishes became soon empty.
Additional popular element was the huge, blow-up Hungarian
grey cattle, attracting people, and especially children, who
were happy to fight the balloon bull.
Lots of free materials, brochures and newsletters
were displayed and distributed at the stall, and passers-by
also stopped to read and buy from all available publications.
The different initiatives of the association could be supported
by purchasing "brick cards".
The amount offered for these symbolic bricks will help the
reconstruction of the windmill managed by the Association,
the promotion of local horse riding education and the maintenance
of the local forest hosting the educational center of the
In addition T-shirts and baseball cups with special Nimfea
designs could be bought. Next to the stall horse riding shows
took place and all interested visitors could take a short
ride on the patiently waiting horses, among them Barbi, the
4 year old mare of the Association.
Saturday a conference was organized for
veterinaries and other experts, where the landscape rehabilitation
program of Nimfea was also presented as a model program for
integrating grazing animal-keeping in innovative rural development
Both days were cheerful and efficient,
with a lot of visitors gaining better insight to the daily
work and objectives of Nimfea. Although on Saturday the weather
was a bit gloomy, the stall remained busy until the closing
hour of the festival.
We wish to express our thanks to all of those who any way
helped and supported our presence at the festival, and we
hope that next year we can welcome even more guests either
for a few friendly words or for a good meal. See you next