Lace up your bodices and shine your swords, ladies and gentlemen, the Renaissance Fair is here. The 9 week long tribute to the middle ages began last weekend with quite a turnout. The fair will be running every weekend from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. , including Labor Day, until October 20. Tickets are $17 for adults and $8 for children under 15 through September 15 and jump to $22 for adults and $10 for children beginning September 21.
This year King Henry VIII and Queen Katherine of Aragon are visiting the village of Revel Grove as part of their summer progress tour. Italian courtiers are traveling with the English court, which prompts some competition between the two sides. The Queen has also become jealous of the King's attentiveness towards Lady Mary Boleyn Carey, newly wedded to Sir William Carey. Of course, the town's mayor is having his own problems organizing the festival. Not only must he deal with his "unique" wife Isobel, he also has to quell the dispute between two fueding families: the Hatfields and the McCoys.
Along with the amusing storyline, guests can watch daily jousting tournaments and shop from tons of vendors. Musicians and entertainers are all around the village, some milling about and others playing on the many stages. Guests can try their skills at games such as Skittles, Dunk-a-Wench, or knife throwing to win prizes. Dressing up in costume is encouraged and, if not owned, costumes can be rented. Food is overflowing at the fair, with choices like Steak on a Stake, apple dumplings, and, of course, turkey legs.
The fair is meant for all ages to enjoy, so hurry and buy your tickets before it's gone.