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The Vikings are coming! The Vikings are coming! To the Door County Renaissance Faire, that is. This year, the popular fair will welcome visitors to all things Renaissance – including jousting, equestrian acts, musicians, dancers, magicians and...Vikings. "This year's theme is new and exciting for us," says Sandy Stelter, executive director of the fair. "There will be a Viking encampment with historical weaponry where, and a strong Nordic, Celtic and Gaelic theme." Of course, the fair also includes my favorite attractions: food and shopping, and in that order. "We've got turkey legs, ale and new this year, mead," says Stelter. And 50 vendors in a tented marketplace will demonstrate everything from pewter smithing to silk dying to chain mail making. "It's so interactive," adds Stelter. "There's a strong educational component, too, but kids are learning by doing and having fun, we're not shoving knowledge down their throats." The faire is a magical place. Photo by B.J. Fleming Above all, Stelter says that the Renaisssance Faire is an escape from reality for kids and adults alike. "The words I hear most to describe it are 'magical' and 'enchanted,;" she says. And isn't that what we all need a little bit more of? Because flames are fun. The Door County Renaissance Faire runs July 25-26 and July 5-6. Volunteers are still needed, so if you're young or young at heart and want to be part of the fair, contact Sandy Stelter.
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