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Renaissance Faire debuts

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The shire of Shelby (known to modern-day purists as Shelby County) drew crowds to Shelby Farms on Saturday and Sunday for the inaugural Mid-South Renaissance Faire.
Many a “forsooth” was spoken, and visitors watched sword fights and jousting, amused themselves with games of skill and chance, and got up and tried courtly dances and banter with bands of pirates.
It appears that a merry time was had by all.
The event focuses on attire, food and amusements proper for the summer of 1576. The fair’s back story is that London’s nobles have escaped the hot crowded city, and the Queen’s entourage has stopped in the quaint little Shire of Shelby for relaxation. Locals held a festival in her honor.
Those who missed out on the revelry have another chance: The Ren Faire will be open again this weekend, Aug. 29 & 30, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Daily admission is $13 for adults, $8 for children ages 6-12 and free for children five and under. There is no charge for parking.
Organizers advise visitors to enter on the Mullins Station Road side of the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy.