This festival for residents and guests of Lipetsk Region is dedicated to the history of the XVII century, it is a part of the National Unity Day celebration. The main theme of the festival is events of the autumn, 1618 when hetman Pyotr Sagaydachny took Yelets by storm but his troops suffered such losses that later he could not really help Polish troops in the siege of Moscow. This fact can serve as a basis for formation of a new platform for arranging and conducting of respective events in all towns of the region as it is generally known that they were founded as a part of settling over the Dikoye Pole (steppes in South Russia and Ukraine between the Don, the Oka, left branches of the Dnepr and the Desna) in the end of the XVI century and the beginning of the XVII century. In its turn, it will become the basis for upbringing of young people according to statehood traditions and create prerequisites for formation of the tourist band of Lipetsk Region and the city of Yelets in particular.
Representatives of military and historical reconstruction clubs from 15 regions of the RF take part in the festival. Possible reconstructions – local and Moscow StrYelets (soldiers in regular army in Russia in the 16th and 17th centuries), Don Cossacks, Ukrainian Cossacks from Zaporozhye, European mercenaries.
Russia, Lipetsk Region, Yeletsky District, village of Yeletsky, crossing of M-4 “Don” highway and Yelets-Krasnoye road