EAGLE — Jousters, jugglers, jesters, queens and knights, come ye one and all to two days of medieval magic, music and excitement when Ye Olde Renaissance Faire returns to Eagle Island State Park this weekend.
More than 100 costumed reenactors — from kings and queens to princesses and fairies — will join with other volunteers at the event, presented by Nampa-based Encore Theatre Company. This is the fourth year of the Faire and the second time it has been held at Eagle Island.
Once again, proceeds from the event will go to help families further adoptions and promote family togetherness through Treasure Valley programs like Happily Ever After, Snaps Inc. and Wednesday’s Child.
“The Faire continues to grow,” Encore Theatre co-founder Jonathan Perry said. “Eagle Island is a beautiful setting and a really nice venue for the event, and the Idaho State Parks and Rec have been wonderful to work with.”
The Faire has also drawn tremendous support for a long list of sponsors who are also committed to the adoption cause.
Visitors will enjoy jousting and sword fighting performances by Academia de Cavalaria’s Mounted Military School and Jousting Troope. They will be astounded by the rings and lance shows and a host of interactive medieval activities. Two lotteries will be held daily where someone in the crowd can win a chance to join in the equestrian jousting and learn the ways of the knight.
Spectators can witness a royal wedding, watch blacksmiths forge and see lighthearted theatrical sketches.
A host of renaissance era and modern games will be offered in the kids area of the Faire. Bow and arrow shooting and face painting are among the highlights.
Live musical entertainment is another highlight of the event, with live bands, strolling wandering minstrels, ethnic dancers and jugglers planned every half hour both days of the event. The Four Schillings Renaissance Vocal Ensemble, Thistle and Ghilles Scottish Country Dancers, Fleet Street Klezmer Band, juggler Bryan Sapphire, Desert Dreams Dance Studio, the band Guess When, and Nejuah’s Mid-Eastern Dance Troupe are among those that will perform on the main stage and festival grounds.
In addition to the Renaissance reenactors, there will be a gypsy camp, belly dancers and plenty of swashbuckling pirates wandering the site.
Bring a hearty appetite to the Faire so you can enjoy a turkey drumstick from Smokehouse Grill, flat bread, ice cream or even a tropical sno cone. A wide selection of taste-tempting concessions will be available for purchase.
Visitors also can browse artisan and vendor booths to purchase everything from fairy wings, crowns and jewelry to sculptures, woodcrafts and handcrafts.
IHOP, one of the event’s key sponsors, will give away $5 gift cards at the gate.