The organisation of the first exhibition shaped the years to
come and gave the association its particular character.
A first particularly marked trend of Les Pesqueyroux was its
ability to create a loyal network of people - exterior to the
commune - prepared to invest in the project with local people :
Yann Laborie is always available with his valuable advice,
architect Jean-Loup Daele provides constant technical know-how,
Josette Griffoul offers the support of the departmental office
of the Ministry of Youth and Sport as well as sponsorship from
the Crédit Mutuel.
Les Pesqueyroux’s strong involvement in local politics and
other associations is another aspect representative of the
association; many of its members are local councillors, or
presidents or on the Board of Directors of other associations.
Numerous members therefore are in direct contact with local
representatives (mayors, local or general councillors, even
M.Ps) many of whom support the association and, in return, are
better known locally.
The third particularity of the association is its cultural
nature which, although frequently incites admiration, also
provokes jealousy. To try and rid itself of its slightly elitist
image the association organised in 1985 a « Taoulado » or al
fresco meal, got the St John the Baptist Fireworks up and
running again, organised a second-hand fair and even went so far
as to hold bingo evenings.
Each exhibition, however, was a great success. Four exhibitions
followed hard on the heels of the «River Transport » of 1984 :
In 1985, « The Dordogne from One Dam to Another » for the
eightieth anniversary of the building of the Tuilières dam; in
1986, « The Canton of Lalinde in 1900 » based on old post cards
; in 1987 « Rural Architecture in the Canton of Lalinde » and
finally, in 1988, « The 150th Anniversary of the Digging of the
Canal ». The exhibitions were of an extremely high quality but
the team felt they were running out of themes. The cultural wing
of the association had had a fulfilling five years with the
exhibitions but, despite the enthusiasm of the volunteers, the
events and exhibitions sector closed in 1999. However, the
preservation of local heritage - the third wing of the
association - remains a major preoccupation of the association
and as early as 1985 Les Pesqueyroux set about protecting the
Tuilières dry dock. With the end of the exhibitions and other
events, the main activity of Les Pesqueyroux became the
preservation of all that relates to the Dordogne River, and
river transport in particular.