From Our Editors
Though it began in 2008, Medieval Mayhem Renaissance Faire's spirit can be traced many dark centuries back. Back, back to the world of warring vikings, celts, pirates, and knights. Back to a magical time of elves, fairies, and even mermaids. One weekend each year, the royal court gathers, and with it volunteers, vendors, and charitable groups, creating an immersive environment that's fun and affordable for families and friends. Faire games, face painting, and handmade crafts line the fairgrounds. Spectators looking for a bit of action can even check out actual, unchoreographed knightly battles—complete with steel swords, plate armor, and occasional grunting. And as if that weren't reason enough to check out Medieval Mayhem, all that history comes complete with a side of altruism: proceeds go to support local students as they pursue college.