By AMY HEGGEN Press-Republican
---- — CHATEAUGAY — Krebashia Kingdom, a medieval fantasy faire, offers family entertainment this weekend at Chateaugay Recreation Park, rain or shine.
“It’s a weekend of back-to-back entertainment,” said Gina Strachan, the events coordinator and president of the Ekrub Players, a traveling performance-arts group.
The faire, presented by the Ekrub Players, is being held today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Ekrub Players’ mission is to provide a platform for children and young adults ages 4 to 18 to express their musical and theatrical talents on stage, Strachan said.
The proceeds from the event will go toward continuation of the workshops and events that Ekrub Players provides.
This year, students from Massena, Malone and other local areas are singing, dancing and performing at the faire, along with many other professional acts from distant lands.
Strachan said the faire is much larger than last year’s event.
“It took on a growth of its own,” she said.
JOUSTERS, MUCH MORE
Many of the events are new this year, including horse jousters from Aurora, dressed in full metal armor, performing at noon and 3:30 p.m. today and Sunday.
At 11 each morning, the Vikings attempt to siege the kingdom.
Strachan said both those performances will go on even if it is raining.
Other entertainment includes a few traveling minstrels who will wander the faire playing the dulcimer and guitar; fire-breathing and spinning; a juggling and stilt-walking act; and a troupe of sword fighters.
A carnival act from Florida has a “wheel of death” and a bed of nails performance, and comedy entertainers from Wisconsin are selling the Wonder Elixir of Life.
Mythica, a Celtic fusion band from Delaware, performs today.
Period demonstrations, such as blacksmithing, will be held, and a presentation by Adirondack Wildlife Refuge on birds of prey is planned for Sunday.
Everyone should feel free to dress in costume and be a part of the faire, Strachan said.
“You can take your chance at trying a little bit of archery,” she said.
DOZENS OF VENDORS
Much like a medieval kingdom, merchants will surround the main “castle,” or in this case, the tent. About 25 merchants will be selling everything from spices and jams to chainmail, swords and jewelry.
“The huge tent is in the center of the field, and surrounding the tent is the merchants that have come into the kingdom to sell their ware,” Strachan said.
In the Kiddie Kingdom area, children can enjoy face painting, puppet shows and a hula-hoop workshop.
For those brave enough to try it, dragon on a stick is being barbecued along with hamburgers, potatoes and other fare.
Once each day, a pie-eating contest will commence, with categories for children and adults.
Two swimming pools will also be open during the festivities.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors; military and correction staff can get discounts at the gate.
For more information, visit www.krebashiakingdom.com or call 353-2695.