The third-annual Great Bend Renaissance Faire is set for this weekend at the Great Bend Expo Complex, running from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
Admission to the fire will be $6 for adults and $2 for children 5 through 11. Parking is free.
Event producer David LeRoy said the faire boasts the “best variety of history and fantasy world.” It includes three stages, the King Henry Stage, Black Beard Stage and Rob Roy Stage. Each stage features performers from all over the Midwest with music, magic, comedy and other acts.
There will also be some strolling performers as well.
Leroy said he has put together a roster of novelty entertainment and unique artisan merchants for this family-fun history festival. “The unique location utilizes the open space and tree area to set up and capture the medieval fun and play.”
“There’s a lot of interest. There’s a lot of buz,” LeRoy said of the festival. There were between 700-900 attendees in 2011, and that number is expected to grow this year.
This is a later date for the faire than in the previous two years, LeRoy said. Despite the potential heat, he settled on late June for a number of reasons. First, he can’t go too early because of the unpredictable weather, and in April through May, there are other renaissance events taking place. So, he is left with early summer, and still there are conflicts.
Those who participate either as an attendee or vendor say they enjoy taking part, LeRoy said.
For more information go to www.greatbendrenaissancefair.net or call Leroy at 620-617-1357.