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A ye olde festival, indeed

KINGS VALLEY -- The Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire, Kings Valley's annual re-creation of a 16th-century English village taking place this weekend, just added a new permanent "business" to its lineup.

A jousting show will again be part of the annual Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire in Kings Valley this weekend, performed by Washington-based Epona Equestrian Team.

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A jousting show will again be part of the annual Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire in Kings Valley this weekend, performed by Washington-based Epona Equestrian Team.

September 10, 2013

KINGS VALLEY -- The Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire, Kings Valley's annual re-creation of a 16th-century English village taking place this weekend, just added a new permanent "business" to its lineup.

Last year, the Renaissance Faire debuted its larger format, staging a portion of its "living history village" in what is called Friar Tuck's Forest.

The added space -- a wooded patch adjacent to the grass field Shrewsbury has leased for years -- was acquired just in time to place some vendors and a stage in the shade for the event's 2012 edition.

This weekend -- the event's 18th year -- will feature real buildings, including Friar Tuck's Tavern with its own stage.

"Last year, you could say it was a soft opening for Friar Tuck's Forest," said Adrian Hughes, the faire's proprietor. "This year, because that area isn't attached to a grass field, we were able to build permanent structures."

Shrewsbury 2013 also has a larger entertainment lineup, partially the result of more similar events taking place in Oregon.

"We are starting to build a circuit here in Oregon," Hughes said. "We had a lot of talent come looking for us, which was heartening."

Hughes added two more stages to accommodate more acts, which includes acrobatic troupe EM Cirque, a regular on the California Renaissance fair circuit.

Additions to the festival include two extra stages to accommodate more acts like California Renaissance fair staple EM Cirque, and acrobatics troupe.

Additions to the festival include two extra stages to accommodate more acts like California Renaissance fair staple EM Cirque, and acrobatics troupe.

A new jousting show is also on tap for the main show ring, courtesy of Washington-based troupe Epona Equestrian Team.

With more "Ren fair"-like events popping up in Oregon, Shrewsbury is staying true to its authentic-history roots. Hughes said many such festivals dabble in fantasy with emphasis on fairies and other medieval mythological creatures, but he has tried to keep that to a minimum -- with the exception of the childrens' portion of the faire.

With faire time quickly approaching, he said he's looking forward to switching from frenzied organizer to entertainer -- historically accurate, of course.

"Once it actually gets rolling and started, then I can get into character and go out and play," Hughes said. "Once we open ... it really makes me realize that it is worth every effort."

Travel through time

What: Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire.

When: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.

Where: Between Dallas and Philomath near Kings Valley at the intersection of Highway 223 and Grant Road at the Polk-Benton county line.

Admission: Adults, $11; seniors and children 6 to 12 years old, $5; children 5 years old and younger, free. A coupon for $1 off admission is available on the Shrewsbury website.

Parking: Free.

For more information: 541-929-4897; www.shrewfaire.com.

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