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May 4, 2014

May Fair celebrates 40 years of family fun

NORMAN — The Assistance League of Norman is celebrating their 40th year this weekend in conjunction with May Fair, the organization’s longest running project.

The May Fair started at Andrews Park in 1974 and has been enjoyed by many over the years. It kicked off Saturday and will be held today 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Judy Travis, Assistance League public relations, said in recognition of the 40 years, they partnered with the city of Norman’s park department for the construction of a new pavilion.

“They’ve been a great partner with us, with the city, for many years,” said Jud Foster, director of Parks and Recreation. “They’ve made many different improvements over the years to the park and we’re especially excited about the dedication of this new pavilion project.”

The Assistance League donated $56,000 to the construction of the new pavilion which will house several picnic tables.

There were lots of smiling faces enjoying the weather, activities and art out at Andrews Park for the event. Travis said on beautiful days like Saturday, they typically see about 30,000 people wander in for the event.

“It’s been a really busy day,” she said. “The patio has stayed jam packed with people attending the Adventures in Art. The student art tent has had a steady stream of people wandering through it. I would say that it’s been very good.”

The May Fair Art and Sole 5k run and 2k fun run was also well attended Saturday morning, she said. It is the third year they’ve held the run in conjunction with May Fair.

Some additions to the event this year included bumper cars and a water cannon for the children, as well as seed balls put together by master gardeners from the Cleveland County Cooperative Extension. There were some plants that specifically attract butterflies, but all of the plants were grown in Oklahoma, Travis said.

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