The award for the coolest Easter decoration goes to Csorna. The small town transforms its centre every season to attract more people and make them smile.
This winter and a year earlier in December, Santa arrived in a Cabrio Trabant, last summer we could have some rest in a little boat on a sandy beach, while in autumn, anyone who travelled through the town could climb into a huge vine barrel to take some cool pictures.
“This year’s autumn will mark the 5th year of dressing Csorna up with these creative installations,”
said Éva Burus, coordinator for Vilmos Park Kft. in charge of running the city. The original idea also came from her, and since the beginning, she has been the engine running the project.
The company is otherwise run by the municipality and is in charge of public spaces. Their work includes maintenance and cleaning of streets and squares, operating market places and parking lots.
“This creative idea came about for the 45th birthday of the town,
that is when we decided we should make the main square a little nicer and funnier. We bought some pumpkins and flowers; we had many old chairs and tables that we painted to create an autumn-inspired decoration. It was so successful that we knew right away it needed to be continued,” Éva Burus told sokszinuvidek.24.hu.
Csorna became a real example and inspiration, and many other settlements in the area decided to follow in its footsteps. More and more little towns and villages prepare decorations according to the season.
Their Easter installation will be followed by one for the summer. Inspiration can come from last year’s decoration of a sandy beach with a little boat and sunbathing chairs. The autumn installation is always related to the harvest season with barrels and pumpkins, followed by the time of Advent when Santa gets into his Trabant so we can see him pass by us while sitting in a little hut especially set up to sit down and have a chat. In the case it is not too cold, of course.
“Our exhibition is getting bigger every year. Last winter, for example, we managed to get our hands on a model railroad. Józsi bácsi, who can fix absolutely everything, did so, and we showcased it on a glass table covered with an acrylic glass roof – to the absolute delight of the kids,” she added.
The exhibitions have two constant characters, the two Trabants: the Cabrio version and the green vehicle covered with green lawn, occupied by the Easter bunny.
Éva Burus added that she had a very handy colleague taking care of all maintenance works, but the complete group of the company always took part in creating the decorations with their creative ideas and actual physical help. Even their family members and several local entrepreneurs join in. Sometimes, they give a discount or free help.
All decorations and installations are the fruits of the collective effort made by the town.
Nevertheless, in the beginning, there were some concerns about whether the residents of the town would accept the idea and could take care of the decorations. Luckily, Csorna proved all those being a bit worried wrong.
There has never been any serious damage done to the decorations. Locals live together with them and use them; they sit down in the armchairs or in the boat to have a talk, they take pictures, even the younger generations had partied a couple of times among the decorations, but they have never damaged them.
As soon as the situation loosens up a bit, which might happen some days after Easter, according to PM Viktor Orbán, it is absolutely worth it to head to Győr-Moson-Sopron County to visit Csorna and their cute bunny riding a Cabrio Trabant.