Choctaw Indian Fair


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Choctaw Indian Fair

Begins first Wednesday after Fourth of July
This is a four-day annual gathering of the Mississippi band of Choctaw Indians. Held since 1949 in Philadelphia, Mississippi, it features—besides dances, crafts exhibits, and pageantry—the Choctaw Stickball World Series. Choctaw stickball, the forerunner of lacrosse, is played with long-handled sticks with pouches at the ends for carrying and pitching a leather ball. It is called the "granddaddy of games" and is thought to be the oldest field sport in America. More than 20,000 visitors usually attend the fair.
CONTACTS:
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
101 Industrial Rd.
Philadelphia, MS 39350
601-656-5251
www.choctaw.org
SOURCES:
GdUSFest-1984, p. 102
IndianAmer-1989, p. 242
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