Choctaw Fair starts Wednesday

By The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — The 62th annual Choctaw Indian Fair begins Wednesday, a four-day event featuring tribal culture and spirit.

The fair will give visitors a sampling of tribal arts, crafts and dances along with the action of stickball competition. Entertainment ranges from midway rides to performances by entertainers Crystal Shawanda, Leann Rimes, The Spinners and Atlanta Rhythm Section.

The Choctaw Indian Princess pageant is Wednesday night. The contestants will participate in evening gowns and vibrant traditional dresses.

Outgoing Princess Mahlih Vaughn will help crown her successor.

A drama play chronicling the rich history of the Choctaw people will be performed on the amphitheater stage on Thursday.

Numerous cultural activities are also planned including beading, miniature drum making, storytelling, pottery making, rabbit stick throws and a coloring station.