Jousters, the royal court, pirates, jugglers and mischief makers alike were out and about for Saturday's fourth-annual Ye Olde Renaissance Fair at Eagle Island State Park, hosted by Encore Theatre. People of all ages came out in their Renaissance attire to enjoy a day of old time, swashbuckling fun, all put on to benefit a great cause.
“We are a nonprofit charity event helping families who are adopting, so every child has a chance at a happy ending,” said Jacki Briggs, fair director.
The fair kicked off with a parade, introducing the members of the royal court to the sound of bagpipes and fiddles.
Over at the stockades, warrants were served for those mischief makers, including pirate Jack Sparrow. For a dollar donation, attendees could have their friends or family members arrested, chained into the stockade, and then catapult waterlogged sponges at their defenseless faces.
The king made his way through the fair, mingling with knights, pirates and common folk alike.
“My job is to marry off the princess and also to lead the jousting,” said the king, who, when not indulging in the theatrics of the royal court, goes by the name of Dale Moote, physical therapist.
Academia de Cavalaria Mounted Military School and Jousting Troupe drew a crowd, where fully costumed knights showcased their jousting skills on horseback.
“It is really more of a skill and a drill to emulate the technique,” said Joseph Morisette, ranch partner. “We are just a bunch of people out here hanging out and having a good time.”
More than 200 performers showcasing skills from singing and dancing, to jousting and juggling are entertaining the crowds, while merchants and food vendors dish out turkey legs, woodcrafts, herbal remedies and much more Sunday, June 17, as well.
“You do no want to miss the jousting, the turkey legs or all of the great vendors. If you have someone you want to arrest and put in the stockades to catapult water at them—this is the place,” Briggs said.