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Sherwood Faire re-creates ‘the time of knights and queens’

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Photos by Terry Hagerty.

 

It’s a grand time at the annual Sherwood Forest Faire in McDade. And there’s plenty of action for families and those appreciating the playfully ‘bawdy behavior’ of court jesters and similar type comedians.

There are over 100 performances daily to choose from at the Sherwood Faire including juggling, falconry demonstrations, knights on horses doing actual jousting, puppetry, magic, live music and plenty of ‘good eats and drink.’

The Faire is held on weekends through March 29 from 10 a.m. to dusk, “rain or shine,” because – well, knights in shining armor didn’t defer from protecting their king and queen because of a little of the wet stuff.

On a recent weekend one of the first hilarious sights to see were two men dressed up as fairies who went by the names of Dim and Wit…yes, say their names together quickly and you get the humor they intended. Moments later, Quenn Eleanor of Aquitane and her majestic court strolled by. For history buffs, Eleanor’s succession to the duchy of Aquitaine in 1137 made her the most eligible bride in Europe. Three months after she became duchess, she married King Louis VII of France. Her dazzling costume stopped many Faire goers, who called out greetings to the queen.

Dale Fitzgerald, from Kyle, was one of the many Faire attendees to dress up in period costumes from the Medieval and Renaissance eras. “I love the Sherwood Forest Faire,” Fitzgerald said. “I put on my garb every year – I am a ‘minor’ Lord today – and come to the Faire. It’s fun to dress up and be a different persona and you get to meet beautiful ladies.”

For directions and further information see the Faire website: www.SherwoodForestFaire.com or call 512-222-6680.

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