County Road 11: Inside the Choctaw Indian Fair

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CHOCTAW, Miss. (WTOK) - The 70th annual Choctaw Indian Fair is in full swing as many members of the tribe take out a few days to return to their roots while others visit the reservation to learn about a different culture or simply have some fun.

(Photo Source: WTOK-TV)

One of the most important features of the Choctaw Indian Fair is the dance. It's very traditional. Phyliss McMillan talks about one dance.

"This is our 70th annual Choctaw Indian Fair, and every year we have dancers come dance and come celebrate the green corn festival," said McMillan.

Several people also make pottery.

"We are making pinch pottery," said Kimberly, a member of the tribe. "We start out with a ball of clay and then we're going to use our fingers to press into the clay, starting with the bottom and then working on the sides.

"You want to make it about this thick and you want to fill it," she said.

The raccoon dance imitates two raccoons playing in the forest," said Ralph Isaac.

There's a great lineup of entertainment this year at the Choctaw Fair and it all began Thursday night with the Brothers Osborne taking center stage. That will be followed by Chris Jansen on Friday and Frank Foster on Saturday and then the fair culminates right here at Warrior Stadium on Saturday with the World Series of Stickball.

You can buy season passes or day passes to the fair. Visit www.choctawindianfair.com for more information.