Each summer weekend, from early July to mid-August, an ordinary field in Geneva, Ohio transforms itself into the Medieval village of Avaloch.
For 16 years, the Great Lakes Medieval Faire has delighted Northeast Ohio residents and visitors with jousting, period dress, traditional food, and Medieval song and dance. The 2014 dates are Saturdays and Sundays from July 12th to August 17th.
What is the Great Lakes Medieval Faire?:
The Great Lakes Medieval Faire is six, distinct weekends of Medieval revelry, delectable "foodes", and traditional artisans. Many visitors dress and talk in period style, but you don't have to do that to enjoy the faire. Each weekend has its own theme and a variety of entertainment and activities are schedule to match that theme.
Events and Attractions:
Events at the Great Lakes Medieval Faire include a juried arts and crafts show, live interactive entertainment, craft demonstrations, children's activities, games of skill, and food "fit for a king."
Each of the six weeks of the Great Lakes Medieval Faire have a separate theme. 2013 events included "Superheroes and Friends," "Pirate Invasion" and "Celtic Celebration." Theme weekends for 2014 will be announced soon.
One of the highlights of the Great Lakes Medieval Faire is the juried art and crafts show, featuring renaissance-style objects. In addition, there are costumed artists demonstrating their skills.
Hours and Admission:
The Faire is open Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 7pm, rain or shine. (The 2014 dates are July 12 to August 17.)
Admission is $22 for adults and $6 for children (5-12). Children 4 and under are admitted free. A $2 discount on adult admission and $1 on a child's admission is offered for advance, online orders and a variety of multi-day and season passes are available. Check the Faire's Web site for details.
Tickets to the Great Lakes Medieval Faire:
Tickets to the Great Lakes Medieval Faire are available at the festival gate or in advance via the Faire's Web site.
The Great Lakes Medieval Faire is located in a shaded grove in Rock Creek Ohio, near Geneva. To get there, go seven miles south of I-90 on Route 534 (exit 218/Geneva) or "mapquest" it at 3033 State Route 534, Rock Creek Ohio 44084. For more about directions, see the festival's Web site.
Hotels near the Great Lakes Medieval Faire:
Hotels near the Great Lakes Medieval Faire include the Lodge at Geneva State Park (check rates) and the Motel 6 in Geneva (check rates). There is also a Hampton Inn (check rates) and a Sleep Inn (check rates) located one exit east on I-90 from Geneva in Austinburg.
The Great Lakes Medieval Faire
Web site: www.medievalfaire.com