The Horse Market in Vianen is part of the many festivities that are organised on and around the Wednesday prior to the second Thursday of October each year. The day before the Horse Market a big lantern procession is held, accompanied by showbands and ending at the fair, which lasts till Saturday night. On the very day of the Horse Market there is a big goods market with a crafts fair and market vendor competitions. During the morning programme the horse inspections take place, while the jury judges the horses presented and awards prizes. From the prize winners of every category the Champion of the Day is finally chosen. The owner receives a Bronze Horse as a challenge trophy from the jury and Silver Spurs from the municipality. A horse show closes the morning programme. In the afternoon ring tilting games are held, in which the participants are dressed after the theme of the year. The ring tilting is followed by traditional games like pole climbing and koekslaan (cookie beating) and yet another horse show. For the children there is a Children’s Square with a mini-ring tilting setup, various games and a children’s farm. The inhabitants of Vianen eat pea soup that evening and oliebollen (fried dough balls), as part of the tradition. The fair days are closed off with fireworks on Saturday night.