Take a step back in time with the return of the Connecticut Renaissance Faire, held every fall at the Lions Fairgrounds on Route 85/347 Gilead Street.
The annual event begins later this month at the site of the annual Hebron Harvest Fair. Demonstrations, exhibits, shows and even refreshments showcase a medieval flair, from jesters to jousters.
“Jousting knights, jesters, fair maids, King Arthur, Queen Guinevere, Merlin and other interactive characters walk among us,” said Eric Tetreault, a co-owner of the Connecticut Renaissance Faire.
When not watching live performances, guests can browse over one hundred artisans, crafters and merchants selling jewelry, Renaissance clothing, original art, home decor, armor, collectibles and Old World toys.
There are also fire-eaters, dancers and myriad displays of chivalry.
This is the 13th year that the faire – which was first held in Woodstock – has come to Connecticut.
The Faire’s participants, and many of the visitors, come dressed in period clothing, although coming in costume is not mandatory and visitors can still enjoy themselves dressed as citizens of the 21st century.
The faire is held over four weekends: Sept. 24 and 25; Oct. 1 and 2; Oct. 8 and 9; and Oct. 15 and 16.
The grounds are open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Admission is $16 per adult and $10 per child between the ages of five and twelve; children under the age of five are admitted free of charge.
Parking is $3 per vehicle. A season pass is $50.
Tickets are available at the gate or in advance online at www.ct.faire.com.
More information on the faire’s events can also be found on the web site or by e-mailing the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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