The Norman Transcript

Education

March 23, 2012

Fair opens with education

NORMAN — The annual Medieval Fair of Norman attracts thousands of visitors each year, but the opening Friday is especially for the fair’s youngest guests.

Events scheduled for Friday, March 30, will be especially intended for students, with educational demonstrations ranging from weaponry to courtly manners.

“Providing an opportunity for students is the whole reason we added a third day into the fair. We have students visit from all over the state,” said Medieval Fair coodinator Ann Marie Eckart.

All three days of the fair are free. Registration for teachers interested in bringing their classes is not required but strongly encouraged.

“I send out email information to teachers who RSVP, and this is very helpful for them because it includes information the students will need, such as what educational events will be held, average prices for food and animal rides,” Eckart said.

Most of the educational events are exclusive to Friday. Saturday’s and Sunday’s performances and events are for entertainment, such as comedy fights and musical shows. Students and other visitors will be able to learn about courtly culture, tools, weapons and crafts such as spinning wool.

The fair’s events are not age-specific but will likely benefit students ranging from fourth to 12th grade the most.

“We do have a lot of grown-ups ditch work to come out and see the fair on Friday, but Friday is definitely dominated by students. Last year, we counted about 300 buses in Lloyd Noble Center parking, and this doesn’t account for homeschool groups or daycare classes,” Eckart said.

To RSVP a class or student group, call Ann Marie Eckart at 325-8610 or email ameckart@ou.edu.

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