By Ted Bordelon
Wire Managing Editor
Last month, the Middletown Grange Fairgrounds played host to rides, chicken platters and farm animals. This weekend, the fairgrounds will instead be overrun by knights, horseback jousting, a working trebuchet, games and more.
And all for the price of a gourmet cup of coffee—$5.
“Where else can you enjoy free crafts, period demonstrations, three theatrical ensembles, five musical ensembles, 10 dance troupes, and knights jousting on horseback,” Ken Hone, founder of the Village Renaissance Faire, said.
The faire is now in its 14th year of operation, and Hone said that this year is sure to be its best.
“We really want to make this year our biggest one yet,” Hone said, noting he expected around 8,000 people to attend.
New additions this year include a fire breather, new medieval musical acts and an “enchanted village for wee folk.”
All of the proceeds from the faire benefit the Wrightstown Village Library, which Hone said was the initial impetus for his founding the program over a decade ago.
“It’s a small library and the money from the faire is what really helps it keep going,” Hone said.
Raised by a single mother, H
one said that she was a large part of his inspiration to keep the faire running.
“She was so involved in the community when I was growing up,” Hone said, noting that his mother kept score at little league games and helped with other activities in which he was involved.
“We do not want anyone to feel they cannot afford to attend,” Hone said. “We strongly believe that the only reason people do not come is because they do not know such a fun, affordable event occurs right in their own backyard.”