Bjelovar has over 500 years long history of cattle fairs. In 1993, city and county authorities decided to renew that tradition. The premises in Gudovac were chosen as the Fair ground because of their proximity to the city. The main Fair is held every year at the beginning of September (see www.bj-sajam.hr for specific dates).
In its offspring days, the Fair lacked not only funds, but also innovative ideas. Unless you were in the business of cattle-breeding, there was little of interest to you. But with time things got much better. Considerable funds were invested, the premises were improved and new ideas brought to life. The last time I visited, 2 years ago, there was a lot for general public to see and buy--small animals, plants & seeds, home-improvement tools, household items, etc.
There are also various exibitions on the Fair premises and in the city. The Fair is visited by more than 50.000 people every year.
Best Croatian cartoonist in 2002 - Ivan Oslovar. This was not Ivan's first best Croatian cartoonist title - he got one several years ago as well. Just like his older colleague Branko Medak, Ivan Oslovar is a native of Bjelovar, but he does not make living from his skill at all - Ivan is currently employed by an international NGO.
With the support from Ministry of Culture, local authorities and various companies, this small city is host to Croatia's oldest cartoon saloon. The theme of the saloon is always LOVE + sth, that "sth" depending on the company sponsor. Previous themes included "love & cheese", "love & beer" etc. This year the main sponsor was holding Croatian Woods and the theme was of course "LOVE IN THE WOOD". I bring you my favorites among awarded cartoons. This first one is by Branko Medak of Croatia - awarded 3rd best in intl competition and 2nd best among Croatian artistis.