Medieval Festivals are Many: King Richard’s Faire is One

There are Renaissance Faires and Medieval Festivals all over, but there is something really special about King Richard’s Faire.  I can’t quite put a finger on it. Maybe it’s the property dedicated to King Richard’s Faire each time a year. Maybe it is New England in the Fall, or maybe it’s just the camaraderie.  The setting is a kingdom with a castle facade and flags at the entryway and a village of little wooden houses and huts.  Among unique rides and games there is a kid’s cove, the jousting tourney field, a plethora of stages, and of course the Cantebury Kitchens.  If Disneyland is Barbie then King Richard’s Faire is American Girl.

Welcome to King Richard's Faire in Carver, MA
Welcome to King Richard’s Faire in Carver, MA
Children have the option of being knighted.  All in good fun, with promises of keeping up with their homework and more.
Children have the option of being knighted. All in good fun, with promises of keeping up with their homework and more.
Let the jousting begin.
Let the jousting begin.
There will be drama, clanking shields, skill, and jeering.
There will be drama, clanking shields, skill, and jeering.

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Anyone want a pickle?
Anyone want a pickle?
Mud Show at 3:30
Mud Show at 3:30
Princess academy.  Learning about making your parents happy, reducing, reusing,and recycling.
Princess academy. Learning about making your parents happy, reducing, reusing,and recycling.
A perfect example of recycling.  A beautiful bracelet, a cozy, colourful sweater and all the examples provided by the children.
A perfect example of recycling. A beautiful bracelet, a cozy, colourful sweater and all the examples provided by the children.
Princesses are way less "plastic" here than elsewhere.  Because their tiara's are grounded, and perhaps even recycled.
Princesses are way less “plastic” here than elsewhere. Because their tiara’s are grounded, and perhaps even reused or recycled.
Learning the curtsy and then the even more important "rise up" command.
Learning the curtsy and then the even more important “rise up” command.
Practicing the princess wave.
Practicing the princess wave.

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Becoming an official princess.
Becoming an official princess.
Armed and still cute.
Armed and still cute.
Ready for some precision bow and arrow action.
Ready for some precision bow and arrow action.
Features, large and small.
Features, large and small.

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Water fountains will keep you hydrated.
Water fountains will keep you hydrated.
Time for a sweet treat of "Peasant Bread".
Time for a sweet treat of “Peasant Bread”.
Imps abound.  Getting my royal hair done as we sit and listen to some ballads.
Imps abound. Getting my royal hair done as we sit and listen to some ballads.
Nothing like a little ready, aim, fire...that's sanctioned by the adults around you.
Nothing like a little ready, aim, fire…that’s sanctioned by the adults around you.

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A favourite of ours.  Catapulting beany babies into baskets.
A favourite of ours. Catapulting stuffed animal babies into baskets.

My family and I were guests of King Richard’s Faire for the day.  King Richard’s Faire is in Carver, MA.  It runs weekends through October 20th from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  There is plenty to eat at King Richard’s Faire as well as many “watering holes” for a nice cold brew. There are gluten-free, vegetarian and lactose-free options. Games range from $2 to $6 or so and food is about $6 and up.  Admission is $28 for adults $16 for children.  Children 3 and under are free.

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