By Alyssa Schnugg
Hear ye! Hear ye! Grabeth thy lance, don thy armor and prepare to fight for the Queen at the fourth annual Mid-South Renaissance Faire this weekend – or just go to enjoy a turkey leg, browse vendors and watch jousts and sword fights.
The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and again on Oct. 20 and 21 at the USA Baseball Stadium and Park in Millington, Tennessee.
Just an hour and a half drive from Oxford, the festival will feature its popular live full-contact jousting competition with horses, armor and lances provided by Roundtable Jousting.
New attractions this year are camel and pony rides and musical acts by Kilted Kings, who will play Celtic music, and Silver Penny who perform Renaissance music.
A renaissance fair is a public family-friendly outdoor gathering that emulates the Renaissance historical period for the amusement of its guests. This year’s theme will be the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
“Our festival is very family friendly and folks of all ages will have a great time,” said Beth Kitchen, owner of the festival.
Other activities include Elizabethan dancing and knighting ceremonies, fighting demonstrations and arts/science demonstrations.
More than 25 vendors will be selling a variety of Renaissance-themed items including wooden swords, clothing, musical instruments and food.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for children 6 to 12 and children under 5 are free.
“Most people pay at the door but you can pay in advance on our website,” Kitchen said.
For more information, a schedule of events and to purchase tickets online, visit http://midsouthrenfaire.com.