Choctaw Indian Fair gets underway

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CHOCTAW, Miss. (WTOK) - The 70th annual Choctaw Indian Fair is underway.

For the tribe, this is a time for reunions and homecomings and a chance for visitors to learn more about the Choctaw people and their many traditions.

There are many activities including an arts and crafts pavilion, free children's entertainment, a carnival and midway and the World Series of Stickball.

"Stickball is a long history for our Choctaw people," said Emerson Billy, who plays the sport. "Back in the days we use to make peace with each other and all that by playing stickball. Now we're keeping the tradition alive for our younger generation to understand why we keep playing it."

"You see the diamond on our shirt and on our designs represent the eastern diamond back rattlesnake," said Ralph Isaac. "Sometime they use to always tell me, the elder said that red is our color because we are the red people. I'm just so proud of all of our tradition."

Newly-elected chief Cyrus Ben addresses the crowd at Wednesday's opening ceremonies.