The 26th anniversary season of the Bristol Renaissance Faire in Bristol, Wis., is coming to a close this weekend.
The faire, which also attracts a good amount of visitors from Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and other Midwestern states, features an assortment of attractions with a merry old England theme including music, dance, comedy, various vendors, food, 16th Century arts, games and more.
Closing date for the festival is Labor Day, Sept. 2. Among vendors at the faire again this season are Northwest Indiana artisan companies Creations in Glass out of LaPorte and the Hall of Family Names from Crown Point.
Fest fans traveling down the main thoroughfare of Bristol's faire grounds have the opportunity to see professional glass blower Al Gardner of Creations in Glass demonstrate his craft throughout the day and shop the kiosk which features assorted glass sculptures, trinkets and other items.
Down the way and across from Creations in Glass, the Hall of Family Names features information about the history of surnames and a family's coat of arms. The history of the surname is researched, printed and framed through the business.
Among the entertainment featured at the faire are jousters Steve Cowan and Matthew Mansour; hammered dulcimer performer Glenn Morgan; singing sisters Iris and Rose, fire whip artist Adam Crack, the Sturdy Beggars Mud Show and more. Entertaining on the musical stage this weekend will be VaNa MaZi, performing their rendition of gypsy jazz.
Bristol's culinary offerings are varied and include everything from giant turkey legs and Cornish pasties to gelato, Teriyaki chicken and assorted coffees. Shehadeh Mediterranean cuisine, appearing for the first time at the faire, offers items such as baba ganoush and falafel.
Visitors interested in taking part in a live-action fantasy-type game can do so once again at the faire by playing RenQuest. The game, which began in 2008, is concluding this year with the theme Chaos Triology. Kids Quests are also featured. Youngsters will also find a variety of rides and fest games throughout the fairgrounds.
Queen Elizabeth makes appearances daily at the fest including starring in a parade and a Knighting Ceremony.
FYI: Hours for Bristol Renaissance Faire are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and on Labor Day, Sept. 2. The fest is not far from the Illinois border, just west of I-94's Russell Road exit, near Kenosha, Wis. Tickets are $19.95 for adults and $9.50 for children ages 5 to 12. Visit renfair.com or call (847) 395-7773.