Fishers residents have the opportunity to journey to a far away land this weekend, and they only need to visit Saxony to do it.
The 8th Annual Fishers Renaissance Faire occupies Saxony Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Renaissance Faire chairman Adam Fivush said 150 cast members will bring the Faire’s town, Billerica, to life.
He said the event drew a crowd of 11,000 people last year.
This year the residents of Billerica are celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, and after the town’s mayor stepped down, its people and politicians are preparing for a big municipal election that visitors can vote in. In other words, prepare for today’s national political parties to be lampooned. The winner is announced on election day.
In addition to the Faire’s themes, two contestants and the host of History Channel’s Full Metal Jousting are competing at the lists.
Sister Cities Vice President Doug Whisman said the host of the show and participant this weekend, got the show because he’s considered the best in the country.
“No matter what you’re interested in there’s something there for you,” Fivush said.
Other acts occupy the village, including comedic shows, staged combat, real combat, a puppet show for kids and more.
Fivush said it takes 50 to 100 general volunteers to make the Renaissance Faire happen, in addition to the 150 “cast members,” who he said put in the biggest time commitment. Costumes are made, and dress rehearsals are held leading up to this weekend.
The Fishers Renaissance Faire celebrates the relationship to sister city Billericay, England and serves as a fundraiser for the Sister Cities Association of Fishers, Ind.
Both Whisman and Fivush said it’s a lot of entertainment for an affordable price. After purchasing the ticket the only cost for patrons is if they choose to purchase food or shop.
Fivush said the Fishers Renaissance Faire is much cheaper than other renaissance faires in other areas.
“We’re not in it for the money, per se,” he said.
A ticket for ages 13 and up is $10, ages 12 to 5 is $5, and kids 4 and under get in free.
For more information, visit fishersrenfaire.com.