Tuesday, September 7, 2010
KINGS VALLEY -- Come all `ye lords and ladies, knights and maidens to a chance to travel back in time this weekend at Oregon's only Renaissance faire.
In its 15th year, the Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire will transform a farm field in Kings Valley near the Polk-Benton county line into an English village in the time of Elizabeth I on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 11-12.
More than 125 vendors, 1,000 costumed event volunteers and 20 entertainment groups -- including dancers, jugglers, magicians, musicians, storytellers and theatrical performers -- will provide an interactive glimpse into the past.
Production Director Adrian Hughes said the faire will have several new vendors this year -- including an Oregon winery and merchants peddling handmade items.
An estimated 18,000 people visited the faire last year and organizers hope this year's upgrades to the site and more entertainment will pull in more.
"We are improving in a lot of ways," Hughes said. "We have a lot more shaded areas. The stages are bigger and we have bigger acts coming in."
The most popular entertainment venue will likely be the tournament field, where knights on noble steeds will challenge each other to combat.
Performed by the Imperial Knights, the jousting contest is a show -- but an entertaining and realistic one, Hughes said.
"They really hit each other with real sticks," he said.
The Imperial Knights will perform twice each day at noon and 4 p.m. Seating is provided on the adjacent hillside and surrounding the arena.
Hughes said this is the third year the Imperial Knights have performed at the faire, offering a historically accurate portrayal of combat of the time.
Musicians, storytellers and an illusionist can be found on four stages around the grounds.
Attendees strolling through the village can find themselves surrounded by theater as street performers treat the entire site as their stage.
Shade and relaxation can be found in the food court and Shrew & Thistle Pub, where live music will be featured.
For the faire's younger patrons, children's games and a maze will be on-site.
All the World's A Stage
15th annual Shrewsbury Renaissance Fair.
Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 11-12, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.
Kings Valley near the intersection of Highway 223 and Grant Road at the Polk-Benton county line.
Adults -- $9; seniors and children 6 to 12 years of age -- $5; children 5 years old and younger are free
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