Back in 1769., our city got the right to organize four big annual fairs. The largest and most famous was precisely Katarinski Fair at which numeorus craftsmen from all over Slavonia came and other Croatian regions. It was renovated in 1996.
Katarinski Fair was once the main annual fair in Brod na Savi, a very famous, and was the largest in the county, back then Pozeska. At Katarinski Fair was center of all the forces masters even from Osijek, Našice, Vukovar, Djakov, Vinkovci, Pozega, Gradiska, Kapela, and many from Bosnian Posavina.
Most of the population of Brod then were craftsmen, traders and haulers. The biggest master rush of was on Katarinski Fair, and there wasn’t enough space, why the arches erected on the spot where the hotel “Park” is.
The Katarinski Fair is a rustic world supplied winter goods. Bought the sheepskin coats, raincoats Janke, winter socks calcines suffered many changes. brides bought cotton, wool and wool weaving. it was during the wedding, and they beg for girls bought kožušci with mirrors, bundice, Curcic, commodity meter – silk and fabrics, and the young men to marry Odile / piece could only bit /, or as lying bar.
Therefore, the masters of all branches of the fair especially prepared, with a lot of goods is quality goods, because the competition was high and only the good stuff had passed. And it was the Masters last chance to sell out the remaining summer goods, which are now given at lower prices. At that time prices were not fixed, but could be for goods snitch.
Seljački svijet, opet, do tada je vec prodavao svoje proizvode – žito, kukuruz, šljivu, širu, bravce i drugu marvu, imao je novaca i bio dobra mušterija kao ni u jedno drugo godišnje doba.
No, Brođani su uz trgovanje željeli da se u dane Svete Katarine i dobro zabave, pa su održavane Katarinske zabave, balovi, koncerti. Priredivala je to obrtnička omladina ili netko od gradskih društava, u “Kasinu”, “Hrvatskom domu”. U programu neizostavno pjevao je “Davor”. Tako je bilo!.
Obnavljanjem Katarinskog sajma 1996. godine Slavonski Brod na uspješnoj tradiciji gradi suvremeni način unapređivanja i promicanja obrtništva i malog poduzetništva. Ono danas čini najuspješniji dio gospodarstva i ima najbolju budućnost. Tako je u svijetu pa i u nas.