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OU Prepares for 19th Annual Medieval Fair Celebration

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OU Prepares for 19th Annual Medieval Fair Celebration

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Hear ye, hear ye! The University of Oklahoma's 19th annual Medieval Fair will be held the weekend of April 7-9 at OU's Brandt Park and Duck Pond.

Once again, the park will be transformed into a medieval kingdom, complete with minstrels, jesters, knights in shining armor and ladies in flowing dresses. This year's living history fair will feature more than 200 arts and crafts booths, a wide variety of food and drink, and continuous entertainment. Fair hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

Sponsored by the OU College of Continuing Education, the fair is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Norman Arts and Humanities Council, funded by the Norman Hotel-Motel Tax.

Highlights of the 1995 fair include Scottish dancing, music and athletic competitions; knights jousting on horseback; human chess games; and belly dancers.

Several games for all ages _ each designed to capture the medieval spirit _ include "Dunk the Monk," "Dragon Joust" and "Crusader's Crossbow." A petting zoo and pony and camel rides will be offered for children. A new attraction this year is the "Flying Carousel," a hand-cranked replica of a medieval carousel.

Fair-goers also may watch master crafts people as they demonstrate blacksmithing, stone carving, lace-making, glass-blowing, bookbinding and chain mail-making.

In addition, faculty from the OU Humanities Center will present readings of "The Miller's Tale" by Geoffrey Chaucer, "The Tale of Genji," "The Gospel of Mark" and the chapter of Joseph from the Koran. They also will demonstrate Egyptian, Greek, Hebrew, Russian and Coptic script.

Members of the OU English Graduate Student Association will present "St. George and the Dragon," and members of the University of Central Oklahoma Medieval Society will present slide shows and exhibits on a variety of subjects related to the Middle Ages. Topics will include Arthurian legends, the Norman invasion, the Bayeux Tapestry, Vikings and medieval women in battle.

Three weddings, following an authentic medieval ceremony, will be performed during the fair. …

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