Centre of the town
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Kačarevo (Serbian and Macedonian: Качарево) is a town in northern Serbia, situated in the municipality of Pančevo, South Banat District, Vojvodina province. The town has a Serb ethnic majority and its population numbering 7,624 people (2002 census).
The town was originally named by German name Franzfeld, after the Austrian emperor Franz Joseph I. In Serbian, it has been known as Francfeld (Францфелд), and in Hungarian as Francföld, Ferencfalva and Ferenchalom.
Since 1918, it has been known in Serbian as Kraljevićevo (Краљевићево) and Banatsko Kraljevićevo (Банатско Краљевићево). After Second World War, the settlement was renamed Kačarevo (Качарево) in honour of the national hero Svetozar Kačar.
The town was founded in 1791 by Leopold II. and built up in 1792 by Protestant German settlers. By 1921 its population included 4,450 Germans, which comprised 97.7 percent of the total population of the time. It was also the location of a concentration camp for local civilians of German origin held by Partisans after World War II.
More recently, on May 11, 1999 during the NATO Bombing Campaign of the Kosovo War, the town was targeted by NATO forces in a mission to destroy an apparent tactical reporting post. There were also unsubstantiated claims of an F-16 being shot down on the outskirts of Kačarevo in the early morning hours of May 8, 1999 by a surface-to-air missile, while speculation also suggests that the pilot ejected safely as there was an intensive search by Yugoslav military during the night and during the next morning.
According to the 1971 census, the town was ethnically mixed, and ethnic Macedonians formed relative majority (41.13 percent).
The number of reported inhabitants of the town in 2002 was 7,624, in approximately 2,529 households. The majority of inhabitants are ethnic Serbs (5,042 or 66.13%), while Macedonians form 19.24% of the population or 1,467 people. Unfortunately, about 8 percent of the towns' population are either refugees or internally displaced persons, mostly resulting from recent wars in Kosovo and Bosnia.
The main occupation of the towns' people is in agriculture, as with many other local settlements. However, many of the towns’ inhabitants also work in the factories of the neighbouring city of Pančevo.
The town is famous for its bacon festival known as "Slaninijada" ("slanina" is a Serbian word for "bacon"), which is organised by the Tourist Association of Kačarevo. The festival was organised for the first time in 1988 and runs on an annual basis during February.
Recent/current community projects
There have been several community projects of late that attempted to enhance the wellbeing of locals, funded by money from both the municipality and residents, and also from money received from US aid. Projects include:
- Improvement of Green Spaces, Ecological Education, and Cleaning,
- Improving Kačarevo’s Hog Production,
- Organise and Register Kačarevo’s Hog Farmers' Cooperative,
- Establishing Community Centre,
- Building the Capacity of Communal Public Utility Service,
- Citizens Environmental Action, and
- Well Digging for Water Supply.
- Slobodan Ćurčić, Broj stanovnika Vojvodine, Novi Sad, 1996.
- Official presentation of Kacarevo local community - www.kacarevo.org.rs
- Official presentation of Soccer School FC "AS Kacarevo" - www.fc-as.org.rs
- Satellite image from Google Maps
- Current Weather in Kačarevo.
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