CHOCTAW, Mississippi (WTOK) – The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians has long had a close relationship with country music.
In fact, since 1967 the Choctaw Indian Fair has been a major destination for hundreds of country music stars, including Hall of Fame Connie Smith, Charlie Daniels, the Oak Ridge Boys, and Philadelphia native Marty Stuart.
A country music track marker was unveiled at the Choctaw Indian Fair site on Wednesday.
“We love its uniqueness and, as you said, its intimate location,” said Chief Cyrus Ben of the Mississippi Choctaw Indian Band. “Being able to come in the shade and have the sunset and be able to enjoy the show from the start of our stickball games. Just being able to find yourself in this small setting. Some people may think it’s small, but big things come in small packages.
“As Chef Ben and I remembered, it all happened across the street,” said Marty Gamblin, consultant with Mississippi Arts & Entertainment Experience. “I remember the board and everyone was discussing the sites and a few sites came up, including this one. This one was the one they went with and it was a winner. What a great decision. “
The Choctaw Indian Fair was established in 1947 on the Choctaw reserve.
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