Santa Fe Renaissance Fair

Renaissance fair have been popular in the USA for years. In 2008 Santa Fe got its own. The event, held at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, held in September, has grown to be the living history museum’s largest annual event. It’s also Santa Fe County’s most attended event (excluding those in the City of Santa Fe).  The Santa Fe Renaissance Fair has a Spanish Colonial flavor. After all, New Mexico was part of Colonial Spain for over 200 years. To honor this connection, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, the monarchs who sponsored Christopher Columbus’s voyage to “discover” the “New World,” will be in attendance.

Santa Fe Renaissance Fair photo Steve Collins

Booths at the Santa Fe Renaissance Fair, photo/Steve Collins

The spirit is festive with performers and volunteers roaming the grounds in period dress. They’re not the only ones who dress up. Some attendees also get into the spirit. Local group, Clan Tynker entertains the crowd with juggling, stilt walking, sword swallowing, fire eating, archery, Celtic games and more. There are musicians, dancers, a falconer, food, a medieval tavern, kid’s activities and more.  The 2012 Fair introduces jousting. The Order of Epona, from Fort Collins, Colorado, will perform two equestrian tournaments each day.

Santa Fe Renaissance Fair Clan Tynker performs photo Steve Collins

A ClanTynker juggler, photo/Steve Collins

At the Medieval village, members of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) will demonstrate life in the “olden days.” They’ll offer period costumes to try on, demonstrate cooking, calligraphy and other period skills. They’ll also engage in armored combat. Kids can even take a swing at one of the armored warriors in something called “Fight-a-Knight.”

Santa Fe Renaissance Fair A courtier photo Steve Collins

A Renaissance gentleman at his leisure, photo/Steve Collins

El Rancho de las Gol0ndrinas is a living history museum dedicated to the history, heritage and culture of Spanish Colonial New Mexico.  The site, opened in 1972, has original colonial buildings that date from the early 1700s. Historic buildings from other parts of Northern New Mexico have been moved to the site. In addition to the restored original fortified placita house on the site, visitors will find a molasses mill, a threshing ground, several primitive water mills, a blacksmith shop, a wheelwright shop, a winery and vineyard and an old Morada (a religious building from the Penitente Order).  Docents, dressed in period clothing, recreate life in Colonial New Mexico.

Santa Fe Reanaissance Fair photo/Steve Collins

Fair damsels at the fair, photo/Steve Collins

The 2012 Santa Fe Renaissance Fair is on Saturday, September 22nd and Sunday, September 23rd from 10am to 6pm. Admission ist $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (age 62 and over) and teens (13 to 18). Children 12 and under are admitted free. For further information, call (505) 471-2261.

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