The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians will mark 65 years of celebrating and honoring their rich Native American heritage at this year's fair in July, which will bring chart-topping country and contemporary Christian artists to the main stage.

This fair is set for July 9 through July 12.

Chief Phyllis J. Anderson will officially kick-off the fair with opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9, followed by the 60th annual Choctaw Indian Princess Pageant.

This will be a night of cultural celebration and tradition, as the Tribe celebrates, honors and shares its unique heritage with guests.

Country music artist Chris Young takes the stage Thursday night, July 10 at 8:30 p.m. to perform well-known hits like "Neon," "Aw Naw," "Getting You Home (The Black Dress Song)," and "Tomorrow."

Friday night, July 11, favorite contemporary Christian artist David Crowder brings his unique blend of porch music meets electronic music to the stage at 8:30 p.m., playing old and new favorite praise and worship songs like "I Am" and "How He Loves."

Crowder's fair performance is right on the heels of his much-anticipated debut solo release, Neon Steeple.

On Saturday night, July 12, after closing ceremonies, chart-topping country music super group Eli Young Band takes the stage at 8:30 p.m to perform fan favorites like "Crazy Girl," "Even If It Breaks Your Heart," and "Drunk Last Night."

Also featured at this year's fair will be the Scales, Tails, & Teeth Show featuring Jimmy Riffle of The Animal Planet's The Gator Boys and his Road Show Crew. Scales, Tails & Teeth is scheduled Thursday, July 10 through Saturday, July 12 on the Choctaw Indian Fairgrounds.

There will be three shows per day (times to be announced). The show will feature alligator education and entertainment!

The third annual Rez Run will begin at 7 a.m. on Saturday, July 12 at Warrior Stadium. Runners can compete in the one-mile, 5K or 10K races for awards and prizes. The top male and female winners in the 10K will receive $500 and $200 will go to the top male and female winners in the 5K. Registration is now available at www.racesonline.com.

Choctaw Social Dancing and cultural displays will also be showcased at the stage nightly before the musical performances. Immediately following the show, World Series of Stickball games will be played at Warrior Stadium with the WSS Championship Game capping off the last night of the fair Saturday, July 12 at 10 p.m.

Culturally known to the Mississippi Choctaws as the "Green Corn Dance," the Choctaw Indian Fair promises to be filled with Choctaw history, pageantry, World Series stickball, Choctaw food, Choctaw song and dance, cultural activities, Indian arts and crafts, chart-topping contemporary Christian and country music, and much more.

Pre-fair activities start Tuesday, July 8 with Gospel Night at the Amphitheater Stage, reduced carnival ride rates and stickball games.

To learn more about the 65th annual Choctaw Indian Fair, visit www.choctawindianfair.com, like it on Facebook at Choctaw Indian Fair or call the fair hotline at 601-650-7450.