From the standpoint of history, the Northern Black Sea, which includes the modern city of Nova Kakhovka, is the cradle of civilization. It was here that God Papai threw his people - the ancestors of the Scythians - a gold plow and taught them to cultivate the land. Some of the Scythians were wonderful farmers - it was here that they learned how to export the grain to the ancient Greeks - they did not have the ability to grow good grain at that time. It was from here through the seaside cities where the ancient Romans, and the Persians, and Mithridates got their grain.
With its outstanding geographical location, in the lower reaches of the Dnieper, our region has long been one of the largest trade centers in Tavria. A pier was built in Kakhovka, through which traders brought wood, floated down the Dnipro River, and then sold it in Simferopol, Perekopi, Berdyansk and many other cities and villages in the south of Ukraine. From the northern regions of Ukraine, this southern trade center brought and transported various products of folk crafts - yarn, fabrics, pottery and joinery. Through the famous crossing of Kakhovka and Berislav, Chumaki transported Crimean salt to the right bank of the Dnieper (more than 200,000 cartons were transported annually through it).
t the beginning of the nineteenth century, twice a year - in the spring and autumn - fairs were held, where the main products were agricultural products and livestock. Shortly thereafter, Kakhovka became the center of the Tavria province (Dniprovsky district) and turned into one of the largest places for the delivery of grain crops to Odessa. The rapid increase in the trade of various goods at the Kakhovka Pier allowed the subsequent Mykolayiv and Pokrovsky fairs to be held later in May and October, which became the largest in the Tavria province as a result of the overall trade turnover. During the preparation and holding of fairs, the roads leading to Kakhovka were filled with people, carriages, and carts. All parts of the population from the peasants to the landlords came to the fair for agricultural products and sales of products made by owners of factories and enterprises. All this contributed to the increase in trade and, accordingly, to the expansion and improvement of the infrastructure of annual fairs.
At one time, Kakhovka was a large market for freelance labor, which was facilitated by the presence of the so-called Tavan crossing (transportation), and here came in large numbers the landowners of Southern Ukraine to hire workers who came from most of the northern regions of Ukraine and Russian provinces. Due to the constantly growing labor fairs, where up to 35,000 freelancers were gathered, Kakhovka at that time was the main, if not the only, supplier of labor for the largest landlords' estates of Tavria - Falz-Fein, Mordvinova, Prince Trubetskoy and many others. The economic success and progressive technologies labeled the Kakhovka region as the breadbasket of Europe.
Historical preconditions, age-old trade traditions and favorable geographical position of our region in 2000 marked the beginning of a unique event of its kind - the exhibition "Tavria Fair", initiated and headed by the President of the Union of Manufacturers and Entrepreneurs of the city of Nova Kakhovka - Pavlo Yarmiy. At the heart of the concept of creating an exhibition-fair was an organic mix of characteristic traditions of fairs and the opportunity for commodity producers to present goods and services, demonstrate the latest developments, and expand their business networks.