Ye Merrie Greenwood Faire heads to Oregon this year

The Ye Merrie Greenwood Renaissance Faire was held in Tri-Cities for over 30 years. This year, it’s traveling 5 1/2 hours to Toledo, Ore.

The event will collaborate with the Glastonbury Renaissance Faire.

Greenwood Faire director Marjorie Kunigisky told the Herald that organizers have been looking for a site to hold the event for two years. They were wanting 15 acres for the event and even more for parking.

The Ye Merrie Greenwood Faire in 2017 included comedy, singing and dance troupes, puppeteer Clay Martin and Adria, the Blind Knife Juggler. Sarah Gordon Herald file

But there were no venues that had the space they were looking for that did not conflict with country markets, Kunigisky said.

Typically, the faire would include eight stages with over 30 acts and 60 vendors, Kunigisky said. Now, in Toledo, the same acts will be at the faire, but there will only be three stages, she said.

This is the sixth year they will partner with Glastonbury, which is almost like Greenwood’s “little sister.”

“(This) is not a substitute for Greenwood Faire, but an event of its own which is quite different,” Kunigisky said in an email. “Glastonbury is a much smaller site than Greenwood Faire and more intimate to its audience.”

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This group of fierce warriors learns to fight like the Norse in this 2017 file photo during the 31st annual Ye Merrie Greenwood Faire in Columbia Park in Kennewick. Noelle Haro-Gomez Tri-City Herald

Even though the event will be a few hours farther away this year, Kunigisky hopes people who love Renaissance faires will find their way to the coast.

“It’s a really, really sweet audience,” she said. “It’s a really great show.”

While the faire has been held in May in past years, it will now be on June 25 and 26. Events will include, music, storytellers, magic, dancing, juggling, fighters, food and arts and crafts.

The faire will run from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. both days at Waterfront Park.

Tickets can be bought at the door, and cost $9 for adults 13 and over, $6 for seniors and children ages 5 to 12. Kids under 5 are free.

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The annual Ye Merrie Greenwood Renaissance Faire will be held in Oregon this year. Courtesy of Ye Merrie Greenwood Players

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Alexandria Osborne is a reporting intern from Kennewick, WA. She is pursuing a degree in journalism with a minor in creative writing at Washington State University Pullman.

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