Sarasota Medieval Fair returns this weekend

The 10th annual fair has added a third weekend and new entertainment

November 7, 2013 

The Sarasota Medieval Fair is celebrating 10 years by adding a third weekend of festivities. The event runs Nov. 9-10, 16-17 and 23-24. Each weekend will feature a different lineup of musicians, jugglers and jesters. HERALD FILE PHOTO

Chances are you haven't watched a joust while gnawing on a huge turkey leg and guzzling down some mead since last year.

Your chance to do so is coming up again. The Sarasota Medieval Fair is returning to town for a three-week run beginning Saturday.

It's scheduled to run all day on Saturdays and Sundays, rain or shine, through Nov. 24 at the Sarasota fairgrounds.

Aficionados of 14th century entertainment might notice some differences in the fair this year.

Most significantly, because of ever-growing attendance, the fair has expanded from two weekends to three.

And instead of a regular entertainment schedule through the entire fair, this year every weekend sees a different lineup of musicians, jugglers and jesters, so people who come all six days can have a different entertainment experience each time.

A lot of the entertainment is new to this year's 10th annual edition of the fair.

Among the most exciting is Cast in Bronze, a concert performed on a four-ton carillon with 23 bells controlled by a keyboard. Fair organizers had to expand the event's stages so that Cast in Bronze could have room to performed.

The bells will be loud enough that they'll be heard in all corners of the fairgrounds.

Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 9-10,16-17, 23-24, Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Tickets: $18.69 adults, $16.57 seniors and active military, $10.44 children 5-12;$55.57 for all six days. Information: 888-303-3247, www.sarasotamedievalfair.com.

--Marty Clear

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