The Sarasota Medieval Fair is celebrating its 17th year in a new home, a 47-acre property in Myakka temporarily dubbed “The Woods of Mallaranny.” Organizers had a bumpy, controversial beginning over permitting that lasted months before Manatee County officials approved the new site on Friday, Nov. 5, just in time for a Saturday opening. Even if you're not into historic reenactment and don't normally dress up in tunics, tights, long robes and wimples, you'll have fun watching people who do.
The “story” of the fair changes each year—this year it is a battle between the Scottish vs. the English called “The Battle of Falkirk.” Every weekend features a different line up of nationally renowned acts, such as Celtic Legacy. Regular favorites include the Washing Well Wenches, the Human Combat Chess Match, and the jousting tournaments.
Children will also find lots to enjoy, including a petting zoo, demonstrations of traditional crafts and storytelling. Roaming minstrels and costumed characters provide live entertainment throughout the venue. There are rides and games, turkey legs and ale, and vendors offering products you will not see at a typical local fair, such as body armor and cone-shaped ladies’ headwear.
This year’s fair is being held Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine, for two more weeks this month, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. AT 29847 FL-70, Myakka City, approximately 13 miles east of I-75, near Dakin Dairy. The address is 29847 FL-70, Myakka City. Tickets are available online here or at the door. As they say, “Huzzah!”