This weekend offers plenty of activities for area residents, including East Central University’s Homecoming celebration and the opening days of the Chickasaw Nation Annual Meeting and Festival.
For people who want to try something different, the Ada Elks Lodge at 3850 Arlington is offering its annual medieval fair.
The lodge will kick off the weekend with its traditional Friday night dinner, which is open to the public, said activity director Cindie Liedle. The menu includes all-you-can-eat catfish and chicken fried steak, and the cost ranges from $8 to $28, depending on the order. For an added treat, belly dancers will perform and offer lessons that evening.
The medieval fair will run from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the lodge. Admission to the fair itself is free, but the lodge will charge $5 per car for parking.
The fair will take place rain or shine unless the weather is terrible, Liedle said.
Fairgoers can visit one of several vendors or enjoy a variety of activities, including an archery competition, jousting and storytelling. The Ada Shakespeare Company will perform dramatic scenes during the event, and the Norman Medieval Society will demonstrate medieval crafts.
The fair attracts slightly larger crowds each year, Liedle said.
“This is only our third one, and it seems to be growing just a little bit every year,” she said.
Liedle estimated that the 2015 fair drew between 350 and 400 people.
For more information, call Liedle at (580) 332-8633.