Niles Renaissance Faire returns for two days of fun
NILES, Mich. -- Good 'Morrow Michiana! Saturday marks day one of the Niles Renaissance Faire.
The faire goes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Festivities include fun for all ages, with traveling museums, demonstrations, live battles and more.
There will also be games and a scavenger hunt for the kids, which faire organizer Carrie Nyenhuis says is quite popular.
"This is definitely a family friendly event. We do a scavenger hunt for the kids, we have different activities that they can participate in, we have a pewter smith that does a demonstration. And when he leaves, the grass in front is all laid down, because so many people love to watch him do it. We have games, we have just a bunch of stuff for the kids.” said Nyenhuis.
If you're feeling mischievous, you can visit the Faire Jail, and for a price, have the royal guardsmen lock up friends and family members! They can either pay to get out or do an often-silly task to be set free.
The faire organizers have the ability to put together activities like these with full creative control, as the faire is no longer supported by the city of Niles.
"Last year we had made enough money the year before that the fair became ours. So the city incubated us for the first three years." said Nyenhuis. "But we have a little bit more freedom to kind of decide what acts want to bring in and stuff like that, we don’t have as much of a strain on the budget.”
Children ages 5 and under get into the faire for free, veterans and seniors get in for $5 and general admission for those 13 and up is $7; a small price to pay for an event that will take you back in time.
The faire will be at Plym Park at 401 Marmont St in Niles.