National Sorochyntsi Fair opens in Poltava region
On August 16, the village of Velyki Sorochyntsi in Myrhorod district in Poltava region officially opened the national Sorochyntsi Fair.
Some 376 companies, about 400 entrepreneurs and 480 folk artists are participating in the fair.
Performances and workshops will be held in historical mansions built in the 19th century during writer Nikolai Gogol's lifetime. Gogol was born in Sorochyntsi and is known for such works as "Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka," influenced by his Ukrainian upbringing, Ukrainian culture and folklore.
More than 40 folk craftsmen are holding classes on embroidery, pottery, basket weaving and origami, as well as aqua-makeup, the creation of motanky dolls and Didukh Christmas decorations made from a sheaf of wheat, beading and products made of polymer clay, along with blacksmith goods, wreaths, straw hats, candles, etc. One can also learn how to cook the best Ukrainian borsch soup, halushky and varenyky dumplings and distill the alcohol drink varenukha.
Folk festivals, contests and performances by folk groups will take place at five spots on each day of the trade fair.
The closing ceremony is scheduled for August 21.
Photos by Anna Chapala