With its infectious spirit, you can't help but get swept up into the flurry of activities and excitement that is YARMAROK. Built on the format of Toronto's world famous Caravan, Nick Nykilchuk, an active member of the Ukrainian community and festival founder wanted to bring that same attention and excitement to Sudbury. With the support of volunteers from its four internal organizations, OYK (the Women's Auxillary), MYHO (the youth group), the War Verteran's and YHO, its combined membership first began Yarmarok in 1974. The Ukrainian National Federation was the starting point for many performers who progressed through the Ukrainian School of Language and the Ukrainian School of Dance as they developed their skills in song and dance, growing their passion and building it into a career. Performers like the Black Sea Kozaks dance group, operatic performer of the Austrailian Opera House Oksana Rohatyn, and operatic performer in Toronto and the United States, Joanne Kolomeicz, first showcased their talents at the Ukrainian Festival Yarmarok. Yarmarok has developed, changed and has grown over the years. Now, 39 years later, the Sudbury Yarmarok Festival is a weekend of action packed excitement with performances by the Veselka School of Dance, the Veselka Dance Ensemble, the Sudbury World Youth Exchange, Dnipro Ladies Ensemble, fashion show and featuring "Zabava" for our opening night Gala!