Annual Medieval Fair of Norman to be Held April 4-6
Visitors are invited to venture into a forgotten age of kings and queens at the Medieval Fair of Norman, April 4-6, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Reaves Park, near the University of Oklahoma Norman campus. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.
Now in its 38th year, the Medieval Fair of Norman offers a variety of entertainment. Guests can browse more than 200 artisan booths offering unique and handcrafted wares, or they can catch a show at one of the seven stages located throughout the park while enjoying refreshments from the many food vendors on-site. Other activities include, but are not limited to, watching jousting on horseback, swordplay, knife throwing, and human chess; riding camels, ponies and war horses; testing skills at archery and more.
“The Medieval Fair of Norman is a huge attraction that draws in families from across the state,” said Ann Marie Eckart, Medieval Fair coordinator. “Where else in Oklahoma can guests take in sporting competitions such as jousting and falconry and also browse a multitude of unique vendors, offering a variety of fun for people of all ages?”
In addition to traditional entertainment, guests are invited to visit the many educational booths offering demonstrations of trades such as blacksmithing, brass rubbing, chainmail making, woodworking, armor-crafting and more. The Arthurian Order of Avalon and the Society for Creative Anachronism will also present ongoing historical presentations.
Extra educational activities and performances will be held on “School Day,” Friday, April 4. While there is no charge for admission, teachers and school administrators are encouraged to notify the Medieval Fair office of their attendance in advance.
“Beyond entertainment, there are also many wonderful educational opportunities at the fair that really bring history to life,” Eckart said. “It also makes history fun. We hope visitors, children especially, leave with a renewed interest in this rich era of the past.”
Reaves Park is located on Jenkins Avenue just north of Highway 9. Visitors coming from outside Norman are advised to take I-35 to Highway 9 East and then travel north on Jenkins Ave. Parking is available at Lloyd Noble Center on Jenkins Avenue, one block south of Reaves Park, for $5, with some handicap parking available on park grounds.
The Medieval Fair is the third largest event in the state and the state’s largest weekend event. It was selected by Events Media Network as one of the top 100 events in the nation. It is made possible, in part, by the Norman Arts Council Hotel Tax Grant Program and the City of Norman.
For a full schedule of events and additional details about the fair, including “School Day,” visit www.medievalfair.org. Information can also be obtained by calling the Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau at 405-366-8095 or 800-767-7260.