Choctaw Indian Fair Opens Wednesday Night

From groundwork to gardening, last-minute pieces are being out in place for the 61st Annual Choctaw Indian Fair.

"A lot of people are going to be showing up pretty soon, and I think right now, these people are just ready for the fair," said Aaron Bell.

Loretta York said she is looking for souvenirs.

"You meet a ll your friends here," said Lewana Otter. "And getting the first service, you don't have to wait in line for the whole week."

"We are expecting over 30,000," said Choctaw public relations director Wilma Simpson.

Simpson says attendance will be up by more than 5,000, if that happens. Because of the oil spill in the Gulf, fair organizers have hopes that people who would otherwise head to the beach for a vacation will instead head to the reservation.

"We've advertised out in Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana and Oklahoma, Texas, hoping that people will come," said Simpson.

The 61st Annual Choctaw Indian Fair will officially kick-off Wednesday night with an address from Miko Beasley Denson at 6 p.m., followed by the Choctaw Princess Pageant at 7 p.m. and World Series Stickball at 10:15 p.m. Tickets for the fair may be purchased at the gate.

Click the link below for a schedule of fair events and ticket prices.

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