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Bristol Renaissance Faire short on swashbuckling, full of fiery fun

The Queen at the Bristol Renaissance Faire (7/13/14)
The Queen at the Bristol Renaissance Faire (7/13/14)
Emily Carl

Bristol Renaissance Faire

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Yesterday, July 13, marked the final day of Bristol Renaissance Faire's Swashbuckling Weekend, and though there was plenty to do and see at the festival, there was a shortage of swashbuckling events. There were a few veterans dressed in full pirate gear, but there was very little to do that specifically suited the weekend theme.

Adam Crack's Fire Whip Show
Emily Carl

Other than a pirate-themed joke-off and a vender selling pirate-specific items, there wasn't much to show for swashbuckling events. However, there was still plenty of fun to be had and performers to watch, as there are every weekend. Highlights included two returning performers who shared a common fire theme at some point during the day- Adam Crack's Fire Whip Show and Barely Balanced.

Adam Crack's Fire Whip Show primarily showcased his impressive whip-cracking skills while incorporating the harmonica, lassos, audience participation, and fire. Audience members were able to get close to the action as Adam Crack used handmade whips ranging from chainmaille to fire. This Guinness World Record holder will continue to perform at the Bristol Renaissance Faire now through Aug. 17.

Barely Balanced ended the day with their fire show, which features not only their impressive feats of strength, balance, and acrobatics, but fire as well. Whether the acrobatic team (Small, Medium, and Large) juggled flames or hoola hooped a fiery ring, they did it with a lot of comedy and showmanship, making them a great act to catch.

Entertainment aside, there is plenty to keep you busy at the Bristol Renaissance Faire from a range in food to countless shops selling one-of-a-kind period items. This upcoming weekend will be Steampunk themed and include an Absinthe Bar, costume contest, and accessory contest. The Bristol Renaissance Faire continues Saturdays and Sundays now through Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are available online or at the front gate.