NORMAN — The past becomes the present this weekend during the 37th annual Medieval Fair 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Reaves Park, 2501 S. Jenkins Ave.
Medieval Fair Coordinator Ann Marie Eckart said the free, three-day fair allows visitors to step back into time.
“It’s a chance to get a broad glimpse of life long ago and it’s not just the math or just the science or just the art. It’s a little bit of everything — more of a liberal studies type perspective of seeing every angle of what life was like back then,” Eckart said.
With 298 artist and food vendors, Eckart said this year’s fair has something for everyone, featuring things that can’t be seen anywhere else in the metro area the rest of the year like a royal court, jousting, human chess games, birds of prey and a range of performances and foods.
“Almost anything they’re interested in in the real world, in the regular world, they’re going to find at the fair. We have artists from all over the country, from 42 different states. And everything from fine art to simple crafts,” she said. “We have food vendors with a wide variety of foods, if they want to sample something from the Middle East or something from France, or some Cajun cooking — we’re even going to have alligator on a stick.
“Whether you want to experience different food, see different art or see different performers or shows, the performers also are from all over the country. We have a great deal of local talent, but we also have many people coming from all over the country.”
Food vendors this year include a spread of confections, from savory to sweet, from favorite vendors from years past. New vendors include Classic Kettle Corn, Penny’s Pasties and Pies, Far Corner Tavern serving drinks and Moto Chef serving scotch eggs — hard-boiled egg wrapped in sausage, rolled in breading and deep fried.
Eckart said new vendors this year are selling a variety of goods including kilts, costumes, pottery and even spell supplies.
The fair also offers many learning opportunities beyond the basic entertainment. Friday, the first day of the fair, has been designated as “School Day.” Eckart said many school groups come to the fair to supplement their current studies on the medieval period.
The Medieval Fair also hosts a lecture series throughout the year as a part of their life-long learning objective. To add to that objective, they are offering a summer camp in July for kids in third through eighth grades.
The camp will teach children about medieval games, clothing and manners as well as heraldry and pageant plays, Eckart said. Children will write and produce their own pageant plays and present them to their parents the Friday of the camp. For more information, visit medievalfair.org.
Parking at the fair, $5, is available one block from the park at Lloyd Noble Center, located just north of State Highway 9 East on Jenkins Avenue. Handicapped parking is available on the park grounds on a first-come basis.
For a fully detailed schedule of events, visit medievalfair.org.