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