NORMAN — Its that time of year when Andrews Park gets transformed into a family friendly arts community complete with food vendors, entertainment and a celebration of spring.
Hosted by the Assistance League of Norman, May Fair will celebrate its 40th year Saturday through May 4.
May Fair first appeared in Andrews Park on May 11, 1974, and was planned to showcase local artists and their art forms. In the last 40 years, May Fair has grown from a seven-hour event to a 15-hour event over two days.
One of the highlights of this year’s festival will be the dedication of a new pavilion at Andrews Park. At 6 p.m. Saturday, city officials, parks and recreation, and members of Assistance League of Norman will dedicate a picnic pavilion in the park. Following the dedication will be a free family concert featuring Osage at 6:30 p.m. on the amphitheater stage.
Kicking off Saturday’s events will be a May Fair 5K at 8:30 a.m. Online registration is available for those interested. However, participants can register on race day. There is a $30 fee for all racers. On race day, the fee is $35. The May Fair Fun Run will be at 9:30 a.m.
The two-day May Fair will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday and continue through May 4. Activities are free in the Children’s Art Yard, Adventures in Art, Student Art Show Tent and performances on the amphitheater stage. A fire truck also will be at the park.
Other activities that continue throughout both event days are artists’ booths, plant and herb booths, craft booths, pony rides, bungee trampoline and inflatables.
At 11 a.m. Saturday at the food court, there will be a Gourmet Fair Food Competition, where judges will taste the food offered by festival vendors.
Saturday’s festival will conclude at 7 p.m.
On May 4, May Fair hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information about Assistance League of Norman, visit www.assistanceleaguenorman.
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