Renowned Radvanský jarmok fair in Banská Bystrica is also called the fair of all fairs. The fair, where folk crafts dominate, became famous also due to the fact that the best-known highwayman Juraj Jánošík used to visit it in the past.
The famous Radvanský jarmok fair is always held at the beginning of September. Its history started in 17th century (1655) when the village of Radvaň, then an individual village, got the privilege to organise a market on the day of birth of Virgin Mary.
Andrej Sládkovič sang about it in his poem and Štefan Nosáľ made, in 1955, a successful choreography with the folklore ensemble Lúčnica for the music of Tibor Andrašovan.
At present the fair is held in the centre of the town where during the three days, thousands of visitors eager for shopping and amusement can have enough food and drinks, handicraft products as well as other goods and a lot of entertainment.
There are also many accompanying events like presentation of folklore ensembles, music groups, groups of historical fencing, various competitions and attractions. People appreciate the traditional burčiak (the stage between must and wine) and merry-go-rounds.
Source: Vydavateľstvo DAJAMA