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Itzl, Xoco

The OU Medieval Fair is April 5-7 this year.

Itzl and I are running the Water Paws Pet Comfort Station - a free service to all the attendees who bring pets to the Fair.

Because of the warm winter, we are expecting either a wet Fair or a hot one like last year's. I'm thinking we're getting a muggy hot Fair with rains before, but as dry as it's been, the ground will still be firm.

Except around the Water Paws booth, where the ground will be muddy because we are cooling off hot dogs by wetting them down.

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Itzl and Xoco will be there, presiding over everything on their "ice chair" so they can stay cool:

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There will be many beautiful, well-behaved dogs there

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And a few other pets:

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Adorable puppies:

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Any Kossack who wants to come is welcome to come and enjoy the pets and the shade and we can do a meet-up all weekend long!

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It's held at Reaves Park in Norman. The best place to park is at the Lloyd Noble Center (it costs - all the money goes to the OU Athletic Department - but it's relatively close). The Lloyd Noble parking lot is at the southwest corner of Jenkins and Constitution just slightly north of Hwy 9.  Take I-35 from either the north or the south, go EAST on Hwy 9 to Jenkins, north on Jenkins.  The Lloyd Noble parking lot will be on your left.  Park there, walk north. You can't miss the Fair.

Entry to the OU Medieval Fair is FREE (even if parking costs - last year it was $5 a car, I don't know if they've raised their price this year).

Here's a map of the Fair Site - as you can see, Water Paws is easy to find. Look at the middle where all three sections of the Fair meet. Just slightly to the North and East of the middle is the Unicorn Stage, and just a bit north and to the west of that is Water Paws. When the dogs aren't blocking it, we have a lovely, shaded view of the Unicorn Stage.

Y'all come.  Whether you live in Oklahoma or are visiting, we'll be there all weekend, so you are more than welcome to drop by at any time, meet Itzl and Xoco, get your picture taken, pause in the shade, cool off (if needed), and chat a bit.

Oh, yeah, you also get to enjoy the Fair, which is one of the best Medieval Fairs in the country.

No other Meet-Up comes with all the cute doggies you can stand - last year, we watered and cared for nearly 2,000 dogs.

I'll bring extra chairs, but you might want to bring your own. I'll have chilled bottles of water to share, too.

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  •  Tip Jar (14+ / 0-)

    All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

    by Noddy on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 07:07:49 AM PST

  •  Um, Noddy, I'm not familiar with Norman (3+ / 0-)
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    Noddy, hnichols, FloridaSNMOM

    is there mass transit at all?

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

    by BlackSheep1 on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 08:30:26 AM PST

  •  We hope to attend again that Saturday (2+ / 0-)
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    Noddy, FloridaSNMOM

    if we aren't directly threatened by wildfires like we were last year.  This year just has to be better.

    We will probably drive up Friday night, have dinner w/friends in Moore and get to the Fair early in the day. Last time we parked close enough to run to the car a time or two for fruit & more sunscreen during the day.  Will certainly look for you and the Water Paws station.  

    Love your pictures - hope you will post more closer to April.  It's a great outing!

    The truth always matters.

    by texasmom on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 09:16:29 AM PST

  •  Wish we could go... (2+ / 0-)
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    Noddy, texasmom

    But it's too far for an easy drive with a rental car, and we won't have the money for an extended stay. Maybe one year we'll be able to do a road trip. Won't be me driving though if my twitching episodes/seizures continue.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 09:50:27 AM PST

  •  Had to laugh at this (3+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM, Noddy, texasmom
    There will be many beautiful, well-behaved dogs there
    My three all qualify in the beautiful category, but sadly not in the well behaved category.  Two young energetic springers are not necessarily calm nor well behaved.  LOL

    "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

    by gulfgal98 on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 11:31:03 AM PST

  •  Boycott Medieval Fair (0+ / 0-)

    What started out as an educational event sponsored by the University has morphed into an eating bacchanal. It has replaced the state fair as the main attraction for redneck cheap entertainment.  Witness the exploitation of elephants and camels for riding.  Ironic that there is a comfort station for small animals while larger "exotic" animals are paraded as cheap amusement; nothing educational about this event.
    As long as they exploit these animals, I will encourage all to boycott this overcrowded college version of a state fair.

    •  I happen to be on the staff (1+ / 0-)
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      texasmom

      and have been for 36 years.  It is still educational, but it was always meant as entertainment, as part of the Parents' Week activities.

      I don't know where you got the idea it was meant to be strictly educational.  It was always meant to be a an entertaining event with a medieval flair.  There are educational exhibits and many university groups showcase their learning through demonstrations there, but the bulk of it is meant to be fun for the university students' families.

      As for "exploiting" the exotic animals, you've never seen a more pampered group of animals. perhaps you should come to the fair and talk to the handlers before you throw unfounded accusations around.

      All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

      by Noddy on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 02:13:59 PM PST

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