Education blended with in-your-face entertainment is the focus of the Folsom Renaissance Faire, now in its 21st year.
“In the age of technology, we interact by texting each other. Events of this nature push people to look at each other, and experience entertainment right in their face,” said Marta Miernik, one of the fair’s producers.
About 5,000 people attend the event every year. The City of Folsom and the Folsom Library is one of the main sponsors
“We sell a lot of Folsom library books at the site to collect money specifically for the Folsom library,” Miernik said.
Everywhere you look you find living history.
“We all know our pirate history, we talk about cannons and how to load them and the proper firing of them. And a lot about maritime history,” said a man going by the name Crazy Boots Martin, of Renegades of The Coast
And of course there is a lot of action.
“When people come up and ask questions we try to know as much about knights, and their lifestyle, and what they did back in the day,” said Sir Eaton Blakharte of Imperial Knights Jousting Team
The horses used by the imperial knights are all rescued horses.
“Each horse has their own story, could have been a medical rescue. We’ve rescued horses right out of the auction right before they would have gone to the meat factory,” Blakharte said.
But, no matter what you are there to see, fair producers say it will be an unforgettable experience.