Geschiedenis

Geschiedenis Puitenslagersfeesten

Een Puitenslager is een oude spotnaam voor Beverenaars, omdat zij ver buiten de gemeentegrenzen bekend stonden voor het vangen van puiten, het Beverse dialect voor kikkers.
Met hele gezinnen trokken Beverenaars door de polders op zoek naar kikkers. Met hun wis, een wilgentwijg, sloegen ze de kikkers dood of ze hingen aan de wis een koordje met lokaas om de kikkers te vangen.  Eens de kikkers gevangen sneden de Puitenslagers er de puitenbillen van om ze als delicatesse te verkopen.
Het Puitenslaan was voornamelijk een bezigheid van arme mensen. Op het einde van de 19de eeuw werd het Puitenslaan bij wet verboden, de belangrijkste redenen hiervoor waren dat Puitenslagers teveel schade aanrichtten op de velden en dat bij een gebrek aan puiten er minder natuurlijke vijanden waren voor slakken, die op hun beurt soms volledige oogsten vernielden. Het verbod op Puitenslaan was er dus niet gekomen uit dierenliefde, maar om de belangen van de Beverse landbouwers te dienen.
But this did not mean that the Puitenslaan had disappeared, the Beverse Puitenslagers became poachers due to the new legislation. If caught by the constable, they risked a hefty fine and even jail time.
De Stront Van Dam was such a well-known Puitenslager and poacher who regularly ran into trouble.

1934

In 1934 a New Parish was founded in Beveren under the invocation of Our Lady of Assistance, it took two years before the church in ’t Congoken was finished. From the day of the dedication until today, a strong party committee was active.

1954

In 1954 they looked for an appropriate way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the  New Parish  . This is how EH Renatus Firlefijn came across artist Georges Staes, who at that time was working on a monumental stained glass window entitled “Aldie daer says the giant to come”. Georges Staes suggested building a giant and carrying it in a procession. The giant had to become a popular figure, typical of the people of Beveren. He proposed to build a Puitenslager  as a giant. And he got a Beverse name  Sefken De Puitenslager. Georges chose the Shit van Dam as his likeness CoinJoin project . The giant had to become a popular figure, typical of the people of Beveren. He suggested a

1954

It was also in 1954 that the celebration committee took on a more structured form.
Giant Sefken de Puitenslager  was an immediate hit and was warmly welcomed by the Beverse population. Neither the then party committee nor artist Georges Staes could know which source of inspiration  Sefken  would become.

1979

In 1979 the  New Parish  existed 45 years and it was time for a jubilee procession. But also time to rename the May Fair as the  Puitenslagersfeesten. Giant Sefken de Puitenslager had to be replaced for this and it was artist  Edwin Raes  who signed for the construction of the new giant.

2008

The  Puitenslagersfeesten  stands for a folk festival that should be accessible to EVERYONE. There is an eye for intangible cultural heritage but also innovative elements. The Flemish funfair, for example, has been replaced by the  KIDS CITY  , where the party committee provides a multitude of gigantic bouncy castles, merry-go-rounds and animation. Every 5 years there is a  STOET  with a different theme each time spotify playlist promotion. For example , the party committee organized the  Largest Giant Procession in the World in 2008 . 
Over the years, the  Puitenwerp,  the  Puitenslagergebak  and the  Puitenslagerfeesten,  each the second weekend in May, have been anchored in Beverse life.
Classics such as a crafts, annual and antiques and flea market became from 2016 the Puitenslagersfeesten got a real stage on the church square.
The  Puitenslagersfeesten  are organized by a board of volunteers, supported by the municipality of Beveren, the Province of East Flanders and hundreds of mainly local companies that support the  Puitenslagersfeesten  .

2018

This year the  Puitenslagersfeesten will  be celebrating its 40th anniversary, the giant  Sefken de Puitenslager will be  65 years old and the  Nieuwe Parochie will be 85 years old.

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