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February 16, 2014

Many festivities set in April

NORMAN — With temperatures that barely broke freezing the first 12 days of February, guessing many of us were wishing it was already April.

The VisitNorman staff has been busy getting ready for April. There will be three fun-filled weekends with events, in addition to the Easter holiday weekend.

The first big event will be the Medieval Fair from April 4 through 6. Event organizers say it is the state’s largest weekend event and the third largest event in Oklahoma. Originally hosted in April to celebrate the birthday of William Shakespeare on the University of Oklahoma’s South Oval in the ’70s, the three-day fair now celebrates Renaissance culture at Reaves Park.

April 11 through 12 will be 89er Weekend. The traditional parade will be April 12 (look for more information coming up soon). This year, the Pioneer Library System’s annual Big Read finale will take place in partnership with the parade.

Each year, a different book is selected, with events taking place throughout the library’s system. This year, the book is “True Grit,” set partially in Oklahoma. Look for many more details in coming weeks about this unique one-two punch.

Finishing up the month will be the seventh edition of the Norman Music Festival. The three-day, free event staging throughout Downtown Norman begins Thursday evening and finishes up Saturday night.

The VisitNorman staff has been partnering with the community volunteers, presenting these events throughout these cold winter months to try and maximize the outreach to bring more visitors to our city.

Stefanie Brickman, CTA, is the communications manager of the Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Vision of the Norman Convention & Visitors Bureau is to proactively market and develop the city as a preferred destination.

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