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April 6, 2014

Norman revels in 38th annual Medieval Fair

NORMAN — The clink and jingle of Renaissance-inspired clothing could be heard throughout Reaves Park on Saturday as thousands flocked to Norman for the 38th annual Medieval Fair.

People stood in line to ride camels, watched performers dance a “jig” or show off their hula hoop skills and of course lined up for the large variety of fair food.

Two ladies walking around the event were in full costume as they checked out the arts and crafts booths set up around the park.

“I’ve been coming since it started, said T.J. Whitehead of Shawnee. “I enjoyed the jousting and of course the outfits.”

While Whitehead dresses up for the event every year for all three days, her friend Nancy Hubbard was new to the fashion change, but said she enjoyed it.

Many of those who dress up for the fair get the chance to participate in a costume contest. Others dressed up may be part of historical presentations or entertaining the masses.

Harrah resident Shelby Allen said she loves the culture of the event, adding that it gets her away from the modern world. Allen has been attending the festival since she was a little girl, she said.

Another set of ladies in Middle Eastern Medieval apparel who were waiting in line to ride a camel said they were members of the Society for Creative Anachronism. The society is a living history group that recreates the Middle Ages, said Heidi Brandes, also known as Lady Ahlanna A’Becket.

Many members of the group attend the local event and recruit those interested in keeping the history alive to join the society.

Roy and Lynn Poe of Del City sat at a picnic table just on the outskirts of the activity enjoying the sun and company of friends. The couple said they try to attend the event every year.

“It’s a beautiful day for it,” Lynn said.

 

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