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Ye Olde Renaissance Faire Brings Old-World Fun to Eagle Island State Park

Saturday, June 16-Sunday, June 17

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Ever get that itch to lock up your best mate in a stockade and mercilessly catapult water at him or her in front of a large group of people? At Ye Olde Renaissance Faire, you can do just that, all while helping a great cause.

The fourth-annual Ye Olde Renaissance Faire, presented by the Encore Theatre, will feature more than 200 performers at Eagle Island State Park Saturday, June 16, and Sunday, June 17. This free, family friendly event will take attendees back to the time of royal courts, pirates, gypsies and jousting.

Between four performance areas, local and out-of-state performers will wow the crowds with their Celtic dance, harp and cello playing, sword fighting, fire juggling and jousting skills.

Bringing this already colorful event further to life, actors will also perform skits in the crowd. It is even rumored that pirates will interrupt an on-site wedding to take the bride hostage.

Kids can enjoy storytime with the queen, face painting, a maypole and archery. Those who want to learn a new skill or get competitive can take part in foam-weapon fighting, belly dancing and juggling workshops or archery and castle-building contests.

Food vendors will dish up smoked turkey legs fit for a king and merchants will sell everything from beads and tiaras to wood crafts and herbal remedies.

But the faire is more than a fun blast from the past: 100 percent of the profits go to assisting Treasure Valley families with adoptions.

"It is just amazing how the community and beyond have really jumped in to be a part of the fair, help us with the cause and give every child a chance at a happily ever after," said event director Jacki Briggs.