Magazine article Sunset

Have You Ever Been to a Salon De L'agriculture?

Magazine article Sunset

Have You Ever Been to a Salon De L'agriculture?

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Have you ever been to a salon de l'agriculture?

The first week of March, the cars of the Paris Metro bound toward Mairie d'Issy fill with tweed-coated men, their faces ruddy from working outside. At the Porte de Versailles station, they jostle off to the exposition, leaving the pallid Parisian straphangers to reflect that spring is officially here; the Salon International de l'Agriculture has opened.

The huge show fills the vest halls and spills onto the surrounding grounds. There are rows of gleaming tools and equipment for the mechanized farm, beauty contests for every imaginable two-and four-legged domestic creature, and finally, in an immense food hall, a buffet of specialities from French fields and shore, every bit and sip-of it for sale.

If you are Europe-bound this month, try to squeeze in a half-day during the show, March 4 to 11. With a year to plan, you could make it a focus in 1985 (March 3 to 10), with several forays to take it all in.

Foreign visitors pay no admission charge. Simply bring your passport to the small building at the right side of the Metro exit marked Accueil des Etrangers. Get a pass here, and you can come and go between 9 and 7 as time and tired feet dictate.

You can't get lost at the fair; silhouetted heads of animals direct you to exhibits until the sign of the crossed spoon and fork proves irresistible. …

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