Choctaw Indian Fair Kicks Off

Photo courtesy: Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
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Meridian, Miss. The annual Choctaw Indian Fair kicked off Wednesday and it's a great trip to make on just one tank of gas.

Not even the heat and humidity could keep people from making their way to the fair. The arts and crafts show was a good place to go for a break from the heat. The carnival also started Wednesday evening and features a number of rides. The fair is also an opportunity to bring recognition to the Choctaw heritage.

"We've been here for years, so I think it's very good that we keep our traditional ways of life," Nita Bali Lih Mingo said.

And Wednesday night, a new Choctaw Princess was crowned. Lanena Grace John will represent the tribe in 2013-2014.

The Choctaw Indian Fair runs through this Saturday on the Choctaw Indian Reservation. Tickets are $7 for students and $12 for adults. Admission for kids 5 and under is free.

From L to R: 1st Alternate Robin Routh; Chief Phyliss J. Anderson; 2013-2014 Choctaw Indian Princess Lanena Grace John; and 2nd Alternate Onnahinli Denson (Photo courtesy: Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians)