Ukraine's Biggest Fair - "Sorochinskaya"

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And our final stop today is Ukraine, where our correspondents in Kiev take us on a journey to the country's most popular fair. It typically attracts nearly one million visitors over the course of six days of festivities.

Sorochinskaya Fair is the most famous fair in Ukraine.

Traditionally, it is visited by thousands of people.

Gogol brought real glory to the fair when he described it in his novel "Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka."

The great writer was born in the village of Sorochintsy in the Poltava region.

Here Nikolai (played by an actor) meets guests at the entrance, has pictures taken and reads the epigraph in the novel "Sorochinskaya Fair."

[Nicholas Kislichenko, as Gogol]:
"There is everything at this fair. If I had 30 rubles in my pocket, it would not be enough to buy the whole fair!"

But today thirty rubles are nothing. Craftsmen ask a lot for their goods and you have to barter down the price.

This artisan is asking 1,800 hryvnia or $225 U.S dollars for this embroidered shirt.

It takes three weeks to make the whole pattern.

[Voloshchuk Galina, Fair Member]:
"Before a man was sitting, watching the field, and embroidering, and so are we. We get inspired when we are embroidering. What kind of pattern we create depends our our state of mind."

And Nicolas Lukic has already sold all his goods. There was only one male straw hat left - it's called a "Bryl" in Ukrainian.

[Nicholas Chirwa, Fair Member]:
"These products were characteristic of our south region. A man working in a steppe needed a hat to cover his head and shoulders. A person could work all day long, mowing the grass for example."

But trading is going well, and not just for Ukrainian craftsmen.

Rosary (Rose) from Dagestan has been bringing shawls to this fair for six years...