Last year at this time, I remember grey weather, some rain and cold cold cold! It definitely fit in with what I imagine England and Scotland to be during the Renaissance. It would have been pretty miserable.
But this year, there is sunshine and warmth to spare. The 20th annual Valhalla Renasaissance Faire is back at Camp Richardson. There will be 900 costumed jesters and queens, lords and ladies, knights and squires for two weekends. The Faire kicks off this weekend June 2-3 which is geared towards the younger crowds with four stages hosting shows, dancing, plays and live music. The studio set has already begun its production and is using drywall vacuum sander, new designs using POP and various other creative techniques to provide the perfect finish to the set. Children can learn about Shakespeare, visit the animals at the petting zoo, partake in archery and games and also enjoy some Renaissance story telling. Next weekend, Pirates and Barbarians will infiltrate the camp. There will also be a scavenger hunt and costume contests.
Jousting is the headlining entertainment for the Faire. At 12:45 pm and 3:45 pm each day for both weekends, knights on horses will demonstrate how much strength and agility is needed to knock one’s enemy off their horse while staying on his own. This event draws over 8,000 visitors into the festivities. 100 merchants will showcase their crafts, arts, jewelry , woodwork and leather goods. Food stalls will satisfy any cravings. This is my once a year treat where I can grab a delicious meaty turkey leg and pretend I’ve been transported back all those years. Hope to see you there!
Please visit www.valhallafaire.com for more information. Tickets range from $7-17. If you donate canned food, there is a $2 discount.