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Capital District gets its own Renaissance Festival promising merriment for all

Renaissance festivals are a celebration of all things medieval, and those looking to experience one locally can check out the one being held at Indian Ladder Farms June 14 and 15.

Renaissance festivals are a celebration of all things medieval, and those looking to experience one locally can check out the one being held at Indian Ladder Farms June 14 and 15. Submitted photo

— Kings, queens, knights and medieval minstrels will be transforming Indian Ladder Farms into a living time capsule bustling with ye ole merriment.

The NY Capital District Renaissance Festival will be held on Saturday, June 14, and Sunday, June 15, at the local orchard, located at 342 Altamont Road in New Scotland, adding a brand-new attraction to the region. The main draw is jousting knights, which is held twice daily, but there are various performances held throughout the day — from magicians and jugglers to Shakespearean plays. There will be plenty of Renaissance-inspired food and souvenirs, too.

IF YOU GO

• What: NY Capital District Renaissance Festival

• When: June 14 and 15

• Where: Indian Ladder Farms

• How much: $12 for adults, $5 for children ages 3 and up

• Info: nycapitaldistrictrenfest.com

Festival Director Kendall Hudson lives outside of the Capital District, but she grew up in the area and wanted to bring a Renaissance Festival to the region. Hudson previously helped organize a Renaissance festival held annually in New York City.

“There’s a need for this here,” Hudson said. “From the fantasy show ‘Game of Thrones’ to Disney’s ‘The Sword in the Stone,’ people are fascinated with this time period. Why not experience a little of it in person?”

While there are three big Renaissance festivals in the state, the Capital District fell about midway between the others. There is one held in Central New York and the other two are held Downstate.

“People of the Capital District should not have to travel” to attend a Renaissance festival, said festival spokesman Daniel Bader. “We have beautiful scenery. … There is no reason to drive hours to go to something like this.”

Bader said event organizers are expecting the first year to be a little “quiet,” with most festivalgoers coming from within the region. There are some people who have bought tickets though from as far away as Long Island, he said.

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