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Ye Merrie Greenwood Renaissance Faire offers fun, escape

Have a craving for a turkey leg?

Or a yearning to watch a joust? Or a juggler or a magician or madrigal singers?

You don’t have to travel back in time — or even very far from any spot in the Tri-Cities.

The 29th annual Ye Merrie Greenwood Renaissance Faire is June 27-28 at Howard Amon Park in Richland.

About 60 vendors will be on hand, selling period wares and treats.

And more than 90 performances are planned each day by acts that range from belly dancers to storytellers. Even William Shakespeare is expected to pay a visit.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, with an opening parade and “Raising of the Glove” ceremony each morning at 9:45.

The Faire features plenty of returning favorites — jousters, for example — plus some acts new to the event, including The Rude Mechanicals, a local theater company dedicated to works by and inspired by The Bard. The company will perform The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) on the Queen’s Stage.

Another new-to-the-Faire act, Zoupa de Zonia, will present a comedy performance in the style of commedia dell’arte.

For the full schedule of events, go to www.yemerriegreenwoodfaire.org.

Marjorie Kunigisky, the event’s production director, said the Renaissance Faire provides a temporary escape from the hustle and bustle of modern times.

“People need the opportunity to step away from the world that they currently live in,” she said. “They need to walk away from it for a while to relax, recharge their batteries. It’s a place to go where the 21st century disappears for a while.”

One-day passes are $10 for adults and teens and $8 for seniors and kids ages 6 to 12. Two-day passes are $13 for adults and teens and $11 for seniors and kids. The event is free for kids 5 and younger.

A two-day family pass for two adults and two kids is $45.

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