Karksi is an area of hills, deep valleys and lakes.
The basis of Karksi region is a several hundred metres thick devonian layer, that outcrops on the slopes of valleys and bare the name of “hells” and “infernal hell graves”. More than half of the parish territory is covered in forest.
Folk tales tell us about heathen, who had found their hiding-places here in the valleys, forests and bogs.
The centre of today’s Parish, Karksi-Nuia town was established during the second half of the 19th century around Nuia pub, that got its name due to the dogged spirits of the locals: fights were regular and strengths were tested even with the help of clubs.
In the beginning of 19th century flax growing made local farms rich and famous.
Karksi-Nuia got its official town status on August 10, 1993. In autumn 1999 Karksi-Nuia Town and the surrounding Karksi Parish were united under the name Karksi Parish.
The history of formal education in the region dates back 300 years.
Today in August Kitzbergi Gymnasium it is possible to acquire secondary education.
There are several possibilities for hobby activities in Karksi-Nuia: Music school, Sports school, Karksi Art Studio and Youth Centre.
People of Karksi Parish have always honoured singing and dancing. The style of the folk costumes of Karksi, together with that of Halliste, is among the oldest in Estonia.
Main traditional sports events of the parish are Midsummer Days Race around Karksi-Nuia lake, Karksi-Nuia Light Athletics Championships, Anniversary Run of August Kitzbergi Gymnasium. Ainja speedway for motorbikes is known for its good conditions for competing and it has held European Championships for motorbikes.
Projekti toetas Norra Finantsmehhanismi 2004-2009 programm “Piiriülene koostöö” projekti “Linnade rohealade haldamine ja turismi arendamine Läti-Eesti piirialal” raames (Nr.8-29/LV0017/04).