Olma, Switzerlands largest public fair, attracted a total of 365,000 visitors this year, according to a statement from the events organisers, a decline of just under 3 per cent compared to last year. One of the displays was held in an open stall, where visitors were shown the performance capability of a milking robot. The exhibition Experience Nature illustrated the logistics necessary for transporting milk to produce finished products such as yoghurt.
91 per cent of the participants surveyed rated the displays as good to very good. 93 per cent found the atmosphere to be good to very good.
As this years honorary guest, Liechtenstein was very pleased with the public fair. The principality organised a special exhibition under the motto hoi metanand (greetings everyone, in Swiss German), in which also the Liechtenstein economy was displayed at several stations. On Honorary Guest Day, the focus was on Liechtenstein as held a parade through the streets of St.Gallen in front of 24,000 visitors. Participants in the parade included H.S.H. Hereditary Prince Alois, Landtag President Albert Frick, and Prime Minister Adrian Hasler.
The 75th anniversary of Olma will be held next year from 12 to 22 October. The canton of Thurgau will be the honorary guest then.