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Lampang Ceramic Fair: The History

For years, the Lampang Ceramic Association has been responsible for organizing activities and noteworthy events aimed at boosting the image and sales of ceramic products at local and national levels alike. The most successful event of all is probably the Lampang Ceramic Fair, an annual event held in December. The range and quality of the products on show increases from year to year, as an appreciative public can confirm.
Originally called the Ceramic Fair, the event was held for the first time in 1988. It was started by some members of the Ceramic Club as a way of exhibiting their products to potential buyers. It was initially held in April, during the height of the tourist season in northern Thailand.

The first three fairs were held at a site bordering the Lampang–Chiang Mai intersection, before relocating to Lampang Technical College in 1991. Over subsequent years, it grew rapidly in scale and popularity.
In 1993–1994, the Lampang Ceramic Association joined forces with the newly-opened Ceramic Development Center, Department of Industrial Promotion in Koh Kah District, to organize the event at the Center’s parking area, with about 50 booths for local ceramic companies. 
In 1995, it relocated to an area next to the Wiengthong Hotel on the Lampang-Ngao Super-Highway and was renamed the Ceramic Fair in honor of H.M. the King in 1995. It was organized for the first time by the Lampang Ceramic Association and showcased 80 companies, increasing its local prestige and popularity still further.
In 1996, it moved again, to an area next to the Wienglakor Hotel in 1996, attracting 20 more 20 more companies to its

growing catalogue of product manufacturers, as well as suppliers of machinery and raw materials.
In 1997, the event again relocated, to Khelang Public Park. It was the first time that the Association started promoting the traditional Chicken Bowl by making the world’s largest chicken bowl, 76 cm in diameter. TAT gave the event its important support by including it in its official tourism calendar.
From 1998 until 2001, the event was held at the Big C Superstore, with 125 booths exhibiting 101 ceramics manufacturers and 24 provincial industrial associations, such as the Federation of Thai Industries, the Lampang Chamber of Commerce and the Entrepreneur Development Club. The objective of the fair was to strengthen the local private sector, with Lampang’s famous chicken bowl as an emblem.
From 2002 until 2004, the Lampang Ceramic Association decided to change the location again, to the Fourth Municipal Market opposite the Big C Superstore, providing space for 240 exhibitors, including the ceramic manufacturers, OTOP producers, ceramic industry suppliers and other local businesses. 
The year 2002 marked a big step forward as the fair established its stronger presence on the nationwide exhibition scene through live TV broadcast of the opening ceremony, and a lively public relations campaign that attracted people from every province in Thailand. Lampang’s Deputy Governor, Direk Konkleeb, suggested renaming the event the Lampang Ceramic Fair, in order to direct the spotlight on Lampang.

In 2005, the association was allocated 20 million baht to help finance the fair and, encouraged by this inflow of funds, it sought a new venue was chosen to reflect its greater significance. The fair was renamed the “Thailand Ceramic Fair” and moved to the Seventh Municipal Stadium, where 400 exhibitors displayed their wares.
In 2006, the fair was still held at the same location but had a different title, the “Lampang Ceramic Fair in Honor of H.M. the King.” Apart from again reflecting the export competency of local enterprises, it introduced a new attraction, an auction, with the proceeds donated to the King for use in his special royal projects