Exciting 65th edition begins with pageant
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 1:00 AM
Twelve young ladies will compete tonight for the coveted title of Choctaw Indian Princess 2014-15 as the 65th annual Choctaw Indian Fair officially gets underway for four exciting days.
The fair, today through Saturday, will include top musical entertainment, Choctaw culture and spirit along with arts, crafts, dances, native foods and the thrilling action of World Championship Stickball.
In addition, there will be a variety of demonstrations including blowguns and rabbit stick throwing along with popular social dancing.
One of the most long-time traditions, the Choctaw Indian Princess pageant will officially open the fair tonight beginning at 7 p.m. at the amphitheater stage. (See story, page 3A)
Twelve young Choctaw ladies will vie for the honor of becoming the 60th Princess. The pageant will follow Chief Phyliss J. Anderson's remarks at opening ceremonies at 6 p.m.
On Thursday, World Champion Hoop Dancer Derrick Davis will be perform at 7:30 p.m. with country music star Chris Young following at 8:30 p.m.
The Umatilla Schimmel family, which has deep roots in basketball, will be at the fairgrounds for two free shows of the Schimmel Experience in the Choctaw Central High School gymnasium.
"Basketball is extremely popular here on the Choctaw Indian Reservation and the Schimmel family's success story is widely known in Indian Country," said Chief Anderson. "They are a great inspiration to many of our Choctaw tribal members and we are excited to greet them with our warmest welcome!"
Two free shows will be the CCHS gymnasium on Thursday at 12 noon (Red Show) and 2 p.m. (Blue Show). Tickets for these shows are available on a first come, first serve basis due to a limited quantity. Those interested in attending one of the shows can pick up tickets today from 12 noon to 5 p.m. in the Oak Room at Dancing Rabbit Inn.
Christian rock artist David Crowder will perform at 8:30 p.m. Friday with Got Gospel Singing Challenge, a Pre-Fair event, winner performing prior at 7:30 p.m.
Eli Young Band will perform at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The World Series of Stickball began June 30 and will continue with the Men's Division Championship Game at Warrior Stadium on Friday.
The third annual REZ Run will take place Saturday at 7 a.m. The run is held in Choctaw and trails through the reservation of the Mississippi Choctaw and the Choctaw Indian fairgrounds.
The Iron Warrior competition is slated for Thursday through Saturday at the Pearl River Gymnasium Parking Lot.
The competition will include men and women.
Competitors must sign a waiver and pay $25 registration fee.
Adult season passes are $20 and student season passes are $10. Day passes for adults are $12 and students are $7. Kids ages 5 and under get in free.
For a fair schedule and for more information visit www.choctawindianfair.com, the Facebook page (choctawindianfair) or call the fair line at 601-650-7450.