I just got back from my annual summer vacation with my mother. My nephew also went this year. We go to the Choctaw Indian Fair in Choctaw, MS every year. We have been going for so long that we can’t remember how many years now. We think about 20 years- it is so much fun! This year was extra special and historical because the MS Band of Choctaw Indians elected their first female chief! I think the election was in September and it was a big one. I think she will be great for the tribe. I know she organized a great fair this year.
The fair starts on a Wednesday and features the Choctaw Indian Princess pageant. We went to the pageant one year to see all the pretty girls but not this year. The next 3 days are filled with arts, crafts, demonstrations, dancing, food and concerts. When we arrived on Thursday about lunch time, the first thing we did was get an Indian Taco. An Indian Taco has all of your typical taco toppings but is served on their traditional fry bread! It is amazing. We also ate hominy on Friday which is delicious.
Each night beginning on Thursday and ending on Saturday there are concerts. So we are sure to bring our folding chairs so we can sit close to the stage. This year we saw Steve Azar, Chris Cagle, Jo Dee Messina, The Lost Trailers and Clint Black. You would think to get all of this entertainment it would be so expensive, but the adult season ticket is $15! Yes, you get all of this great family entertainment for just $15! And the whole fair is a family friendly environment!
Friday we got to spend more time at the fair to watch some dancing and participate in crafts. My nephew even got to dance. There is a dance that is called the “steal a partner” dance and yes he got stolen. It was fun. He also made a “corn doll” for my mother.
We also got to see Vincent Davis do his hoop dancing. He is from Arizona and is part Hopi and part Choctaw. He is a world champion hoop dancer as well as his brother. We have seen them both dance many times and each time is just as beautiful as the last.
If you ever decide you want something fun to do in July in the great state of Mississippi, I suggest the Choctaw Indian Fair. Even though the fair is over, here is the website so maybe you can start planning for next year, www.choctawindianfair.com . I hope to see you there!
Michelle “red” Roberts