The medieval period never loses its appeal, hence the popularity of the annual Ye Merrie Greenwood Renaissance Faire, which is June 29-30 at Howard Amon Park in Richland.
Now in its 27th year, the faire features all the usual fare of jousting knights and fancy sword play, along with fair damsels, jugglers, minstrels and a swath of lords and ladies.
There also will be plenty of new performers making their debut this year, said Marjorie Kunigisky, director of the faire.
"We have new demonstrating groups and audience interactive groups," she said. "And, sometimes Capt'n Jack Sparrow shows up and wanders the faire too. That's never certain, as you know how much of a whimsical person Jack Sparrow is."
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Newbies to the Renaissance Faire are a group of Roman Legionnaires who will be encamped at the park. They'll be more than happy to chat with visitors about their age-old weaponry.
Members of the Chivalry & Steel organization also will have an encampment on site, giving instruction and demonstrations on the art of weapons and the importance of armor.
Members of the Spokane Actors Guild will roam the grounds entertaining the masses with their colorful dialogue of thees and thous.
Members of the Morris Dancers will demonstrate the kind of dancing that was done during the Renaissance era, and even King Arthur and a few of his knights from the round table will pay a visit this year. Only, this group of medieval characters will be more reminiscent of Monty Python's version of the era.
Five stages will be scattered around the park with an eclectic mix of performances, both musical and dramatic, happening throughout weekend.
Faire hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
General admission for one day is $9 for adults, $7 for kids ages 5 to 12 and free for kids 4 and younger. A two-day pass is $12 for adults and $9 for ages 5 to 12. A family pass is $38 for two adults and two children. Tickets are available at the gate.
A full schedule of events is at www.yemerriegreenwoodfaire.org.
-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; email@example.com; Twitter: @dorioneal