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Newcastle library's American Indian Festival prepares for big crowd

Sue FishNewcastle’s third annual American Indian Festival is at the Newcastle Public Library, 705 NW 10th, Saturday, November 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendance is expected to exceed last year’s festival bringing more than 1,000 people out to celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month.

Pictured is Sue Fish, American Indian basket weaver. Fish will be demonstrating the art and craft of basket weaving during the American Indian Festival at the Newcastle Public Library Saturday, November 8. She will conduct a make and take basket weaving class in the afternoon.

Activities for the whole family include horse drawn wagon rides, an appearance from Miss Indian OKC, an Oklahoma Fancy Dancer demonstrating Kiowa and Caddo dances, language and storytelling. Basket weaving demonstrations, live music by Debra Lennon and other local artists are also planned. There will be craft and food vendors. Some of the foods offered are Indian tacos, meat pies, Indian corn with fry bread, and funnel cakes. The kids will have a chance to play games and to win prizes, make crafts to take home and to weave a basket of their very own.

Sponsors for the festival include the Newcastle Public Library, City of Newcastle, Walmart, Girl Scout Troop #587, Brush Creek Steakhouse, Carl's Jr., Sonic, Friends of Newcastle Public Library, Oklahoma Arts Council, and the Pioneer Library System.

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