Carp Zwolle to keep three-day format
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After 22 years of running the Carp Zwolle show, Mick Paine thought he would never see the day when he didn’t get at least one complaint. It goes with the territory, he says.
But that’s just what happened last weekend when what is billed as Europe’s largest carp show – extended to three days for the first time – took place at Ijsselhallen Zwolle in the Netherlands.
“It was absolutely brilliant. Having added the extra day I wouldn’t have been surprised if there had been a glitch or two, but I can honestly say we never had one complaint,” said Paine.
“We had around 16,000 visitors, which was on a par with last year, but they were spread over a longer time.
“We had 3,000 through the door on Friday and this took the pressure off Saturday in particular, which has been too busy in recent years. This year visitors had more room to move around and more time to spend with exhibitors and retailers, which led to record sales.
“Everything was positive and feedback has been good. I’ll definitely keep the three-day format for next year.”
Visitors from 19 different countries – including one from Iraq – were attracted to the medieval Dutch town, with almost 12,000 buying tickets online. Exhibitors reported strong interest across most product categories, with some enjoying particularly good rod sales.
Dates for next year’s Carp Zwolle are February 3rd, 4th and 5th.