Although the first Friday of the fair has been designated a “school day” with extra educational activities and performances for students, it is still open to the general public.  Designated bus parking is located at Lloyd Noble Center on Jenkins Avenue and Imhoff Road.  Lloyd Noble Center charges $10 for car parking but school buses will not be charged.  Admission to the Medieval Fair is free.  It is recommended that teachers notify Medieval Fair department with their contact information if they are planning on attending with students.  This enables the department to contact you quickly if there are any last-minute schedule changes due to severe weather threats or any other happenings.   Teachers or group leaders may contact the department at medievalfair@ou.edu or (405) 325-8610.

Guidelines

  • It is recommended that there be at least one adult supervisor for every 8 children.
  • Students should use the buddy system and/or stay in assigned groups.
  • It is helpful if students are identified as part of a group (e.g. nametags or labels with school name and contact information on their person, matching school shirts, etc.).
  • Have an agreed upon meeting place and time such as the Cleveland County Veterans Memorial, in the Southwest section of Reaves Park.  (it has a tall flagpole so it is easily found from almost anywhere in the park)

Food


A variety of food and drink is available from over 40 vendors.  Jumbo corn dogs are $8, turkey legs are $12, and pizza by the slice is $8, just to name a few (2022 prices - this will be updated closer to 2023 Medieval Fair).  A student will need about $15 to eat a meal at the Medieval Fair.  A complete listing of food vendors and their menus is available on the Vendors page.  Sack lunches are permitted however refrigeration (or other storage) is not available for students’ lunches at Reaves Park. 

Weapon Policy


*Schools are responsible for enforcing and informing their students of school policies regarding weapons. * All weapons, real or play, must be in a sheath and peace-tied at all times.  All demonstrations involving weapons are allowed only in secured and pre-approved areas.  Weapons are sold at the fair, but no weapons may be sold to minors.  While vendors have been informed of school policy regarding weapons, it is the responsibility of the school to enforce and inform students of their policy.

Storyline


The year is 1360, and King Edward III and Queen Philippa have decided to visit the town of Avalon’s first market fair of spring after a long and dreary winter.  The black plague is believed to be gone and England has just signed the treaty of Bretigny with France after 20 years of war.  Everyone is ready to celebrate victory and peace (this will later be referred to as the Hundred Years War, if students want to research it).


Costuming


An excellent short overview of period costumes can be found in Nancy Bradfield's book Historical Costumes of England 1066-1968 on pages 38-41.  If students are interested in creating costumes, basic silhouette patterns are available in Katherine Strand Holkeboer's book Patterns for Theatrical Costumes:  Garments, Trims, and Accessories from Ancient Egypt to 1915 in the section on the 14th century.  These might be available at your local libraries and both are available online through Amazon and other similar vendors.


Educational Presentations


Will be listed here in the near future for 2023.