HARRIMAN, TN – May 1, 2019 – Now celebrating its 5th year, the Tennessee Medieval Faire invites patrons to go back in time to the High Middle Ages (circa 1190’s) and “Live the Age of Chivalry!” with Robin Hood 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET May 25-27, June 1-2 and June 8-9 at 550 Fiske Road, Harriman, Tennessee. This is a rain or shine event.
New this year will be three themed weekends: “Warriors,” for those honoring Memorial Day weekend; “Celtic/Fantasy,” for tartan and mythical creature enthusiasts; and “Time-Travel,” for cosplay and steampunk fans. Guests are encouraged to enter the daily costume contest, where winners will be determined by audience applause, and prizes will be awarded. If patrons would like to join Robin Hood’s merry band, they are encouraged to share their talents in the Gong Show.
Throughout the eight-acre village, there will be continuous live professional entertainment. In the tournament arena three times a day, knights on horseback will compete in games and jousting tournaments. Twice a day, Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham will compete at Human Combat Chess—playing a real chess match where the Royal Players will fight to take over the squares.
Professional comedy and stunt shows will be performed by Tuey Wilson—comedy stunt juggler (all show days); Cosmo’s Fables, Fantasies & Fortunes—improv and musical comedy (1st and 2nd weekends); Einstein Simplified—longest running improv troupe (all days but June 8); The Harry Man Show—improvisational college acting troupe (June 8 only); In a Pickle—comedy sword-fighting show by the Royal Players (all show days); and The Sheriff’s Variety Show—talent show by the Royal Players (all show days).
For the young at heart, there will be the following interactive puppet and folktale entertainment by Punch & Judy—puppet shows by Professor Brent DeWitt (1st and 2nd weekends); Willy Poore’s Penny Merriment—comedy extravaganza (3rd weekend); Tales of Mythical Creatures—by Loremaster Ficticia (all show days but June 8); Tales from the Hood—Robin Hood and his friends, Royal Players (all show days); “Chester The Heroic Little Pig,” and “Endicott’s Revenge,” by Lars Paulson; Folktales and Fairy Tales; and “King Alfred and the Queen’s Missing Crown” by Anna Skjei—by the Royal Players.
Professional Celtic/Irish and Folk music and Middle Eastern dance will include The CrossJacks—upbeat Celtic and pirate duo (all show days); Tim Simek & Son—hammer dulcimer and guitar (all show days); Willy Poore—harp and mandolin (all show days); Timothy Russell—Celtic and adventure music (all show days); Thunder and Spice—musical duo (1st weekend only); Albi Belly Dance—Middle Eastern dance (2nd weekend only); Misfit Gypsies—Middle Eastern dance (3rd weekend only); Two of the Lost Boys—upbeat Celtic duo (2nd and 3rd weekends only); Black Mash Hollow—traditional olde tyme music (May 25, June 1, June 8 only); The Marble City Bards—traditional olde tyme music (May 25, June 1 only); and Brian “Tinker” Leo—Celtic and folk music (3rd weekend only).
Adding to the festivities will be variety of craft vendors selling their original wares: leather, costumes and accessories, metal, chainmaille, jewelry, ceramics, wooden games, soaps and oils, sketch art, face-painting, and henna tattoos, and more. All vendors accept cash and many accept credit. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase.
The media and Roane Chamber members are invited to a private sneak-peek “After Hours” event at the Roane Alliance 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, May 16. Free entertainment as well as food and beverages (including beer and wine) will be provided. There will be chances to win free tickets, and discounted adult tickets will be available for purchase with cash ($10 each, limit 2 per person). Please RSVP by calling Courtney Briley at 865-376-5572, ext. 205.
New this year, entrance and beverage tickets are now available for purchase online. These include discounted season passes (buy 5 days get 2 days free) and weekend passes (buy 1 day get second day half price). These can only be purchased online and are non-transferrable. For tickets, visit https://www.tmfaire.com/online-ticket-sales-season-passes.
Also new this year, in honor of Memorial Day, a buy 1 get second person in free ticket will be available for veterans and first responders only (with veteran or first responder card and additional photo ID), only at the gate on Monday, May 27, Memorial Day.
Tickets will also be available for purchase using cash or credit on show days at the ticket house. Ticket prices using cash are $17 for ages 13+, $8 for ages 5 to 12, and free for ages 4 and under. Field parking is free. All ticket prices include 9.5% sales tax. If using credit (online or at the gate), a $1 convenience fee per entrance ticket, and $1 fee per 10 one-dollar beverage tickets, will be added. There is no ATM onsite, and patrons are encouraged to bring cash for convenience, tips, etc.
For Tennessee Medieval Faire fans, there are discounted motel rooms with free breakfast available at the Baymont Inn in Harriman for $50/night plus tax. Call 865-590-9097 and use promo code LKDE.
For more information, visit www.TMFaire.com or call 865-376-0319.
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