The Norman Transcript


April 10, 2014

PLS Big Read finale expands ’89er Day activities

NORMAN — Norman’s ’89er Day celebration Saturday will be a daylong family event with the addition of the finale of the “PLS Big Read: True Grit of the Pioneer Library System.”

The day begins at 10 a.m. with the ’89er Day parade in downtown Norman, followed by a Free Family Fun Fair at 11:30 a.m. and Pawnee Bill’s Original Wild West Show at 2 p.m. Events take place at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 615 E. Robinson St. Both activities are free and open to the public.

Entry to the fairgrounds will be through the Porter Street entrance. The Fun Fair will be in and around buildings E and G.

The 11 PLS libraries will each host a booth or activity. Other participants include Science Museum Oklahoma, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Cleveland County OSU Extension, Cleveland County 4-H, Food for Thought, the Norman Music Institute, Orr Family Farms, Cowboy Carriage and the Pawnee Bill Ranch Association.

An outdoor performance stage will feature local talent, and an indoor petting zoo will let children get close to some animal babies. Artists will demonstrate jewelry making, doll-making, quilting, blacksmithing and woodworking. The regular Flea Market and Farm Market will be open. Food venders will be on site offering an assortment of items.

At 2 p.m., the Fun Fair will end and the indoor arena will open for Pawnee Bill’s Original Wild West Show.

More than 50 riders and entertainers will take over the arena for the 16-act Pawnee Bill’s Original Wild West Show that features an equestrian drill team, trick riding, roping and shooting, along with chariot races, a stagecoach robbery and some comedy routines. Following the show, the performers will be available for photos, autographs and conversation.

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