Jackson, Miss. (July 17, 2021) – The Choctaw Indian Fair received a marker on the Country Music Trail during closing ceremonies Saturday.
“The Choctaw Indian Fair is a longstanding tradition in Mississippi, and some of country music’s most famous artists have played here. This marker is a symbol of the contributions the fair has made to country music in Mississippi,” said Visit Mississippi Director Craig Ray.
The fair began in 1949 and formerly was known as the Green Corn Festival. It showcases the cultural traditions of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, including food, arts and crafts, stick ball and the Choctaw Indian Princess Pageant.
“We are proud of what the Choctaw Indian Fair has evolved into today,” said Chief Cyrus Ben of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. “This is the time of the year we celebrate a much-anticipated homecoming where we fellowship and showcase our rich culture. From the steady beat of our handmade drums, the Choctaw chants that lead our traditional dancing, to the chart-topping entertainment that we include on our Main Stage, musical talent is found well within our fairgrounds. We are extremely honored that the Choctaw Indian Fair has been recognized to receive its very own trail marker on the Mississippi Country Music Trail.”
Beginning in the 1960s, major country artists began performing at the fair, including Charley Pride, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Lee Lewis, Randy Travis, Blake Shelton and Philadelphia’s own Marty Stuart. Stuart met his future wife, country singer Connie Smith, when she performed at the fair in 1970.