Our Town Philadelphia: Choctaw Reunion

By: Chris Brennaman Email
By: Chris Brennaman Email

There is definitely a lot to do at the Choctaw Indian Fair. The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, and other Choctaw from around the country, look forward to this week each year.

"It's a time for people to come back together. We have relatives coming down from different cities, Chicago, Dallas, other states. They come back and we enjoy their company," said tribal member, Henderson Williams.

The tribe takes this opportunity to welcome, not only their families, but also other people that don't typically get a look at the Choctaw culture.

"We'd like for all of Mississippi and surrounding states to come and enjoy this event with us and just see our culture," said Williams. "We are Native American and we have our own culture. We have our own language. We have our dances and we have our games."

Despite being in its 59th year, many people are attending the fair for the first time. Jean and Jim Bigelow, from Columbus, Miss., have wanted to come for many years and finally got the opportunity.

"We're having a great time. The weather is wonderful so far. It's overcast and there's a good breeze. We're enjoying the dancing and everything about it," said Jean Bigelow.

Of course, the fair wouldn't be complete without the midway and the carnival rides, and the outstanding entertainment.

Thursday night, the country group, Emerson Drive, will perform. Christian contemporary group, MercyMe, performs Friday night. Saturday, rock band Los Lonely Boys will be featured.

All of the concerts start at 8:30 p.m., are included with the cost of fair admission.

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  • by Eileen George Location: Lemon Grove,California on Jul 12, 2008 at 12:33 PM
    We missed the Choctaw Fair due to price of gas and work but that did not keep us from following the stickball game through telephone calls to the reservation to family.. good luck to the champions.
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