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The Great Lakes Medieval Faire is a summer delight

The entrance to the medieval village of Avaloch
The entrance to the medieval village of Avaloch

Cleveland fans of the Renaissance era have the opportunity to "time-travel" back in history to the mythical 13th century English village of Avaloch and experience a taste of life in the Middle Ages at the Northeast Ohio annual Great Lakes Medieval Faire being presented every weekend from now through August 17 in Rock Creek, Ohio. It is approximately a one hour drive from Cleveland.

Great Lakes Medieval Faire A family-friendly ( and a pet-friendly) interactive event, the Great Lakes Medieval Faire has a different theme each weekend. Upcoming themes are "Tyme Travel, Alter Ego, Steam Punk and Comic- Con Blast" (July 19-20), "Pirate Invasion" (July 26 -27), "Celtic Celebration" (August 2-3), "Togas, Tiaras, Maquerade and Dream" (August 9-10) and 'Barbarian, Viking and Mongul Conquest" (August 16-17).

Activities include Archery & Siege Weapon demonstrations, a Living Combat Chess Match, amusement rides in addition to Faerie (Yes, it's spelled correctly) Games and Crafts and a Storytelling Tree for the kids. Children also get to meet a live mermaid who has been brought back to the village by pirates.

Sights to behold at the Faire include the pageantry of costumed villagers, strolling minstrels, fantasy characters like fairies and you might even catch a glimpse of King William and Queen Isabella as they stroll the quaint village of Avaloch celebrating their son, Prince Philip's 21st birthday. Keep a lookout for the evil Queen Malice and her evil daughter Anastasia who may be there to wreak havoc on all.

There will be plenty of medieval music offerings and performances at the Faire for all to enjoy. Entertainment includes magicians, jugglers, fire-eaters, comedy sword fighting, and comedy shows like the Washing Well Wenches and Johnny Phoenix (who also does fire walking and escape artistry).

The Village Marketplace features over 100 artisans and craftspeople displaying their wares like jewelry, costumes and clothing, boots, swords, toys, pottery, stained glass, candles and silks and leather goods all available for purchase.

Food will abound at the Faire with items like giant turkey legs, pizza, hot dogs and hamburgers, fish & chips, fresh fruit, bakery items and even large dill pickles for sale. A wide variety of beverages will also be available (some in souvenir mugs).

Hours for the Faire are 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday through August 17. Admission at the gate is $22 for adults (ages 13 and up ) and $6 for children (5-12). Children 4 and under are free. A Weekend Pass (a consecutive Saturday and Sunday) is $35. Parking at the Faire is free.

For more information about the Great Lakes Medieval Faire call 888-633-4382 or get online at

The Great Lakes Medieval Faire can be found by traveling I-90 east and getting off at the Geneva exit (Exit 218) and then turning right onto Route 534. The Faire will be 7 miles down on the right. It is approximately a one hour drive from Cleveland.

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