Indiana Renaissance Faire to Bring the Past into the Present

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The 14th annual Indiana Renaissance Faire will transport the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center back to the 16th century from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6 and Sunday, Oct. 7.

The event, formerly known as the Fishers Renaissance Faire, transforms the modern-day grounds of the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center into a living, breathing replica of the town of Billericay in the year 1579 during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

According to Alexandra Segal, the marketing and communication chair of the event, the Indiana Renaissance Faire averages about 10,000 attendees. The amount of attendees far outnumbers the relatively small group of dedicated volunteers who put the event together.

“The Indiana Renaissance Faire replicates Billericay’s market by presenting more than 70 artisans and merchants and plentiful food vendors in a vibrant, open-air environment,” Segal said. “We have a contingent of about 50 dedicated costumed volunteers, and dozens of other unconsumed volunteers.”

Segal went on to explain the amount of work each one of the faire’s costumed volunteers puts into their characters.

Jousters bring the 16th century to modern-day Fishers. (From Current in Carmel)

“Our costumed cast that roam the lanes throughout the day work tremendously hard during the year to prepare for this weekend. Each one of these characters have carefully crafted back stories, unique personalities and quite a bit of intrigue and humor,” Segal said. “Visitors will encounter Queen Elizabeth I and her court, Billericay villagers and English-folklore fairies. They’re really a sight to see! Introduce yourself to any of them, and we guarantee you won’t be disappointed.”

In addition to the roving bands of period-accurate performers, attendees can expect other exciting attractions such as a fire-breather, a sword-fighting comedy group and authentic full-contact jousting.

“The Knights of Valour are a professional jousting troupe whose members ride large war horses while wearing authentic armor and wielding real lances. These are true, full-contact jousts that take place in the arena twice each day,” Segal said.

Attendees will also be able to partake in a selection of various foods and drinks, with standouts including turkey legs, craft brewed root beer, freshly popped kettle corn, cheesecake on a stick, Scotch eggs and soup in a bread bowl.

If you have entertained the idea of attending the Indiana Renaissance Faire before but aren't entirely sure if it’s for you, Segal thinks you will find something to enjoy.

“Expect the unexpected. The faire is full of comedy and quite a few thrills,” Segal said. “There is something here for everyone – from the littlest princess to the most battle-hardened knight. It's a great place for the entire family.”

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