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News of Otsego County

Medieval Renaissance Fair

Ren Fair farewell leaves visitors with sadness
Linda and Chuck Matthews celebrate their wedding in pirate regalia Saturday, Aug. 21. (Kevin Limiti/AllOtsego.com)

Ren Fair farewell leaves
visitors with sadness

By Kevin Limiti • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

After 12 years, a tradition is ending with the close of the Medieval Renaissance Fair in Montgomery County, just over the Otsego County border.

The fair took place Saturday, Aug. 21 and Sunday, Aug. 22.

The Medieval Renaissance Fair at the Windfall Dutch Barn is like walking through a time portal that contained pirates, knights, bagpipers and kings and queens, all frolicking around.

There were archery games and ax throwing as well as musical performances from the Paddy Nappers, Bailey and Quinn, the Happy Haegs and more in the wooden barn. Vendors were selling their wares and there were psychics willing to sell astrology maps or tell a person’s fortune. Food was provided by the Tyron Inn.

Medieval Mischief Aplenty All Day At Windfall Barn

PIRATES ROAM, BUT ALSO CRAFTERS

Medieval Mischief Aplenty

All Day At Windfall Barn

The Pirate King Sean O’Shea (Joe Schmidt of Utica) and his harem (members of Happy Haggs dance troupe, from left, Donna and Dale Latella of Cherry Valley and Nicole Kneedham of Mohawk) indulge in revelry yesterday, the first day of the 11th annual Medieval Renaissance Faire at the Windfall Dutch Barn, Salt Springville.   The event continues 11 a.m-5 p.m. today, featuring crafters and vendors, games for kids and adults, and the Ione Troupe Celtic step dancers and other performers, plus the Buccaneer Barbecue.  $5 admission.  Inset is Moss O’Neill of Cobleskill, whose Big Dipper Textiles is one of the vendors/demonstrators.  To get there, take East Lake Road out of Cooperstown, cross Route 20 and keep going.  A sunny day is predicted, with highs in the comfortable 70s.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Medieval Mischief Abounds At Windfall Farm Festival

Medieval Mischief Abounds

At Windfall Farm Festival

Drew Yorke, 2, of Milford (holding the hand of brother Jack, 9, for reassurance in top photo), shares her mystification about the Pirate Queen (Lindsey Quinn of Utica) with Hazel Mae Bosma, 2, of Cherry Valley. It was all in fun: Quinn’s troupe is a centerpiece of the annual Medieval Renaissance Fair at the Windfall Dutch Barn, Salt Springfield, 4.5 miles north of East Springfield, which continues today until 5 and Sunday, 11-5, featuring food, music, dance and a record number of booths. Lower left, Laurie Shipley of The Wood Dragon’s Garden, Laurens, offers samples of her natural soaps. (She is also a legal aide at Hinman, Howard & Kattell). Lower right, Donna and Dale Latella left brother Pete in charge of The Tepee on Route 20; instead of moccasins, this weekend they’re vending Medieval jewelry and fashions, (and they’re dancing at 5:30 p.m. today).  The fair is one of the major fundraisers for the Windfall barn, a venue for music and art.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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