3rd Annual Tennessee Medieval Faire Begins May 13

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - by Barrie Paulson
Tennessee Medieval Faire
Tennessee Medieval Faire

Darkhorse Entertainment, LLC invites you to go back in time and get medieval at the third annual Tennessee Medieval Faire.  The festival is located in Harriman near I-40 just 30 miles west of Turkey Creek.  This rugged outdoor festival will come to life on May 13 and run the last three weekends in May, including Memorial Day.  

“Our Medieval Faire is a theatrical interpretation of an Irish-Scottish-British festival set in the early Middle Ages (circa 501).  Many in East Tennessee are of Scots-Irish heritage.  If you go up the family tree, you get kings and queens,” said Barrie Paulson, VP-Manager and Entertainment Director. 

The festival will include continuous professional family-friendly entertainment.  In the tournament arena will be The Royal Joust and Warriors’ Chess, where the British, led by King Arthur of Camelot, and the Gauls (French) will compete in serious sport.  Throughout the village, entertainment will include trick and comedy shows, puppets and fairytales, music and dance; plus interactive costumed street characters.  In addition, numerous vendors will be selling medieval crafts, food and beverages including beer. 

The Faire is seeking local Irish/Celtic musicians and comedic interactive performers to fill a few remaining slots.  For those interested, please send a short video to DarkhorseLLC@comcast.net. 

The Faire is also seeking additional vendors to help create the village.  Vendors must make and sell their own wares, and all work will be juried to ensure quality and fit.  The application deadline is April 1.  Medieval crafts may include leather, glass, wood, cloth, metal, henna, face-painting and hair-braiding.  Medieval foods may include turkey legs, gyros, dragon jerky, Scotch eggs, bread bowl soup, pastries, fruit and desserts.  Please visit www.TMFaire.com under the vendor tab to download the applications and guidelines. 

For the past two years, attendance has ranged from 400-1400 per day, with an average of 661.  The festival has a regional draw with patrons coming from 21 different states and from 28 different Tennessee counties in 2016.  Attendance this year is expected to increase, as this is the third Medieval Faire and sixth festival on this site. 

The 2016 Tennessee Medieval Faire will run for seven show days on May 13-14, 20-21, 27-28-29.  Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Tickets may be purchased at the gate with cash or credit card.  Prices are $17 for ages 13 and up, $9 for ages 5 to 12, free for ages 4 and under.  Free parking is included.  The permanent festival site is located at 550 Fiske Road, Harriman, TN.  For more information, please visit www.TMFaire.com, sign up for their newsletter, like them on Facebook, email TMFaire@comcast.net or call 865-248-8414. 


Tennessee Medieval Faire
Tennessee Medieval Faire

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