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The Comanche Nation Fair, touted as the largest fair in southwest Oklahoma,marks its 25th year in existence. - Pictured: Jimmy Caddo with the Comanche Indian Veterans Association C.I.V.A.

10 Images From The 25th Comanche Nation Fair

Jason Asenap

In 1992, Wallace Coffee had a vision. He returned to Lawton, OK from Denver, CO,  to assume duties as chairman of the Comanche Nation. When he got there he found his fellow citizens discouraged and in low spirits. They needed something. Coffey said, “After praying about it for a period of time, the Comanche fair came to me.”

The Comanche Nation Fair, touted as the largest fair in southwest Oklahoma, is now held at the Comanche Nation complex. It was held the weekend of September 30th through October 2nd and was the silver anniversary for the event, marking its 25th year  in existence.

Carolyn Codopony, program director at Comanche Nation and fair volunteer, says the fair is a, “total volunteer effort, no one gets an hourly wage. Employees put on the event for the people. Comanche Nation employees aren’t required to volunteer but they do.” According to the website, tribal employees volunteered to run the fair from the beginning. It’s a tradition they continue, returning year after year.

Last year, 530 camps were registered, and approximately 100,000 people attended. This year was not as large, but the event was still considered a great success. Codopony says “non tribal elder attended the fair and was very impressed with how things were run.”

Smoke Signals star Adam Beach was in attendance and signed autographs for Comanche citizens and others. Codopony said, “Adam Beach was inspiring, positive, happy, and fit in with the Numunus (Comanche). He’s funny and was so personable and approachable. I love him!”

Here is a glimpse of the 25th annual Comanche Nation Fair

Jimmy Caddo with the Comanche Indian Veterans Association C.I.V.A.  - Photo: Jason Asenap

Traditional women dancers  - Photo: Jason Asenap

Even Freddy Krueger likes pow wows.  - Photo: Jason Asenap

Taking in the scene from pow wow chairs.  - Photo: Jason Asenap

Otoe/Creek Filmmaker Annette Arkeketa.  - Photo: Jason Asenap

Taking photos with her iphone.  - Photo: Jason Asenap

Native couple takes a break to eat.  - Photo: Jason Asenap

Chase Manhattan, rapper and business entrepreneur, owner of Hustle tribe clothing.  - Photo: Jason Asenap

Native eats food tent, serving up only traditional Comanche foods, no meat pies.  - Photo: Jason Asenap

The owners of Comanche Clothing Company in front of their products - Photo: Jason Asenap


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Submitted by ccodopony on
Thanks Jason Asenap for the Images from the 25th Annual Comanche Nation Fair. I found out today that there were 142,504 visitors this year! I was so excited to hear the numbers were up from last year! I am inviting one and all to visit the Comanche Nation Fair 2017 at the end of September 2017. Urakoo!