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3rd Annual Tennessee Medieval Faire kicks off this weekend

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Charles Murray will be performing at this year's Tennessee Medieval Fair. Image courtesy of TMF.

The third annual Tennessee Medieval Faire will travel back in time to the early Middle Ages in Briton this month. Meet King Arthur and his knights at this rugged outdoor festival which runs the last three weekends in May, including Memorial Day. The festival is located in Harriman near I-40 just 30 miles west of Turkey Creek. There will be plenty of family-friendly entertainment.

“Patrons tell us they like the quality of our entertainment and describe our festival as a small show with a big heart,” said Barrie Paulson, VP-Manager and Entertainment Director. “It is our goal to be a blessing in our community. We hope people will help us grow.”

Upon entering the village, patrons can enjoy continuous PG-rated entertainment on the eight acre site. Schedules will be available on the website and at the gate. The headliners will include “The Royal Joust,” performed by the Hanlon-Lees Action Theater, and “Warriors’ Chess Matches,” performed by the Royal Players street character ensemble. “Unicorn” and pony rides will also be available between shows in the arena.

Rotating onstage for select weekends will be professional stunt shows. These will include circus duo Tony Steinbach and Joli Heeg of “Up Down Go,” and Aaron Bonk with his “Fire-Whip-Sword Show.” Also, comedy sword-fighting trio, Deb Weathers, Thomas Crout and Noah Stout, will perform “In a Pickle.”

Rotating on other stages will be interactive comedy, puppet, and dance shows. These will include “Cosmo’s Fables, Fantasies, and Fortunes” by Charles Murray; “The Gwendolyn Show” by Nicole Skelly; “Punch and Judy Puppet Show” by Professor Brent DeWitt; “Shades of the East” Middle Eastern dance by Morwenna and Walid Assaf and company; and folk and fairy tales performed by the Royal Players ensemble.

On select days, numerous professional acts will perform live acoustic Celtic music and dance shows. These will include “Carolina Ceili,” three from “The Lost Boys,” “Boogertown Gap,” and “Lark in the Morn English Country Dancers.” Solo musicians will include bagpiper James Winslow, guitarist Mark Dudek as “Henry Culpeper,” guitarist Randy Walker, Celtic harpist Lisa Dunn, the Royal Players, and others.

Quality crafts and food and beverages, including beer, will be available for purchase.

The 2016 Tennessee Medieval Faire will run for seven days on May 13-14, 20-21, 27-28-29. Hours are 10am-5pm ET. 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 or follow #TMFAIRE.

Published May 9, 2017

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