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WRIGHTSTOWN >> The 20th Village Renaissance Faire prides itself on new and interesting twists on edutainment, and this year is no different as the rush to join the faire's impressive cast continues.

Penns Woods Puppet Theatre visited the Village Library of Wrightstown, fell in love with the quaint library that offers big-time programming with a hometowne feel, learned about the Village Renaissance Faire ... and simply said, 'We must be a part of the Faire too.'

Those who have been to the faire find it hard to believe it's run by and for the local library, but once they meet the library they know why it's possible - the ViIlage Library is the little library that can and does."

When September 14 and 15 comes, this year's Faire will be bigger and better than ever on the Middletown Grange Fairgrounds in Wrightstown. And these new group won't be alone as the Faire boasts not only the return of its past casts with new shows, but also more new shows than ever.

This year’s faire will again feature olde favorites such as jousting knights, flying birds of prey, fire acts, aerialists, and Living Literature while hosting historical shire events and demonstrations.

More than 30 acts will grace the fairgrounds and provide continuous entertainment and exhibits fill the 10 stages, and faireways, that have become so profitable and renowned that, acts now seek out the Village Faire for the honour of appearing before the royal court and yes you, the loyal people every September.

A new addition this year is the Penns Woods Puppet Theatre, which uses their unique puppets and puppetry to create the feel of a large scale production, mirrored by their own giant life-sized puppet.

Their show will feature Rumpelstiltskin. Does he have a right to be angry that Aurelia didn’t keep her part of the bargain? Or was he wrong to take advantage of Aurelia plight for his own wants? An original take of the show is sure to enthrall attendees of all ages.

The Faire takes place Sept. 14 and 15 from 11.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for children under five with an adult admission. Parking is free. The Middletown Grange Fairgrounds is located at 576 Penns Park Road, Wrightstown 18940.

This year's faire also eatures armored horseback jousting; Flying Birds of Prey at High NOON and 4 p.m., Adamo Ignis and Fall in Love with Fire, aerialist shows every hour, a walking tree, roaming wishes, and pyrates of fortune’s folly, Living Literature, Human Chess, archery, historical demos, puppetry, juggling and comedy, live music, theater and dancing, Steele Cavalier fencing lists, demos, lessons, and foam weaponry fun for young; Children’s Quest, dragon-sized games, Kids’ Kingdom, Human Flail & Merlin’s World of Captured Aire, Petting Zoo, Carriage and Pony Rides, Crafts, Games & Inflatables.

Whats new this year? 

Mylins – Merlin’s whimsical counterpart—magic, science or something else; Renaissance Improv by UNscripted Productions; Harry McNoggin Tree Wishes & Trunk Shows; Lord Oakhart Giant Walking Tree; and Gypsey Funk Squad.

 

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