June 29, 2013

Faire offers fantasy, medieval fun

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.


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.

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