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Thu April 3, 2014

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With The Medieval Fair, Eve Of Nations

Behold maidens and dragon slayers, Norman’s 38th Annual Medieval Fair takes place Friday, April 4 through Sunday, April 6.

Seven stages feature non-stop music and theater performances. Food vendors provide a feast of smoked turkey legs or home made root beer as fairgoers watch jousts and jugglers until the day grows olde. In addition to the royal entertainment, more than 200 arts and crafts booths sell handmade medieval collectibles like costumes, stained glass and hand-made jewelry.

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What began as a small, one-day project by the University of Oklahoma’s English Department now takes place at one of Norman’s biggest public venues, Reaves Park on Jenkins Avenue.

A few thousand visitors are expected throughout the weekend and admission is complimentary.  The fair opens at 10 a.m. and closes 7 p.m. each day.

A second cultural jamboree happens just a stone's throw from the fair. The University of Oklahoma’s Annual Eve of Nations Ball takes place Friday evening at the Lloyd Noble Center.

Eve of Nations is probably Oklahoma's most diverse cultural celebration. OU international students from 24 different countries show off their home culture with food, dances, songs and traditional dress.

“Eve of Nations is beautiful. It gives some of OU's brightest students a chance to show Oklahoma a vibrant taste of so many different cultures.” president of OU’s Lebanese Student Association, Mikhael Naddaf said.

“You have an event with Lebanese students dancing the dabke and Indian women wearing traditional saris. It really teaches an original lesson about culture.”

OU’s International Advisory Committee, the executive committee uniting OU's international student associations, organizes the affair.

The show takes place April 4 at 7 p.m. Tickets can be bought at the door, at the Oklahoma Memorial Union or online with sponsorship forms for the different respective student associations at IAC’s website.

The Metro Family Kids Fest takes place in downtown Oklahoma City Saturday, April 5th.

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The expo features over 60 booths for adults and children. Robotics activities, a petting zoo and roaming costume characters entertain children while adults explore information pertaining to parenthood. 

Around 6,000 people are anticipated at the convention dubbed “Oklahoma’s Premier Family Fun Event” by Metro Family Magazine.

Kids Fest begins at 11:30 a.m. and runs through 4:30 p.m. at the Cox Convention Center.

The city of Seminole hosts  its Made in Oklahoma Festival Saturday, April 5. Locally-produced wine, crafts and a number of other 'homegrown' products are offered.

The event also features live entertainment, a poker run, quilt show and a wide assortment of food vendors and children's activities.

Organizers expect a crowd of roughly 2,500 at the admission-free festival which takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Seminole.

For more ways to fill the 168 hours of your week, visit KGOU's calendar page

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