School Day Information

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Medieval Fair & Lecture Info

Arthurian Order of Avalon in your classroom!

School Day

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 $5 for car parking but school buses will not be charged.  Admission to the Medieval Fair is free.  Teachers may contact Ann Marie Eckart at ameckart@ou.edu or (405) 325-8610 for additional information.

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).
  • Have an agreed upon meeting place and time such as the Cleveland County Veterans Memorial, in the Southwest section of Reaves Park.

Food

A variety of food and drink is available from over 40 vendors.  Jumbo corn dogs are $6, turkey legs are $9, and pizza by the slice is $4, just to name a few.  A student will need about $10 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 2017.

Must See Presentations & Demonstrations

  • Arthurian Order of Avalon: A non-profit organization dedicated to medieval life and history for the purpose of entertainment and education. This is an interactive display with games and pastimes of the Middle Ages. Students can also learn about the elements of heraldry and see the research projects of AOA's members on display at their Education Tent.
  • Saltfork Craftsmen Artist-Blacksmith Association:  A non-profit organization of amateur and professional artists and craftsmen whose purpose is the sharing of knowledge, education and to promote a more general appreciation of fine craftsmanship everywhere.  See science in action as heat and force transform metal.  (Blacksmiths)
  • Society for Creative Anachronism:  A world-wide non-profit organization whose purpose is to recreate life in the Middle Ages for the enlightenment and education of others. Medieval and Renaissance style combat, dancing, art and science demonstrations. To learn more, ask a member about joining or visit www.sca.org . (SCA)
  • St. Gregory's University: Educational exhibits on the Middle Ages, labyrinths, Benedictine monasteries, brass rubbings and medieval-styled woodblock prints. (There is a small fee for the brass rubbings to cover the cost of supplies.) (#207)
  • UCO Medieval Society: Students of UCO bring an amazing display of their research and work every year.  Check back later for 2017 details.
  • Vendors:  Many vendors will be sharing history, knowledge and demonstrating how their craft is made.  Check back closer to fair for a list of these must-visit vendors.