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Oregon Renaissance Faire returns to Clackamas fairgrounds for two weekends of fantasy fun

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It’s been two years since the Oregon Renaissance Faire has been able to bring fun and fantasy to the Clackamas County Fairgrounds, and the event finally returned June 4-5 for the first of two weekends in Canby.

The family-friendly festival features more than 60 vendors and daylong entertainment, including jousting demonstrations, small stage performances and roving entertainers throughout the realm. Bards serenaded the crowds by harp or lute, and some lucky kids were able to join Wotan the Fairy Smasher on a “fair hunt” throughout the grounds. The cast of characters also includes Mary Queen of Scots, who sat for photos and oversaw the jousting festivities with her Scottish Court.

Some of the most elaborate and impressive costumes were those worn by attendees, who came as pirates, fairies, princesses and knights. Fantasy garb of all kinds is encouraged – though sensible shoes might be wise. The faire takes place across earthen (and sometimes muddy) pathways in and around the fairgrounds.

If you missed the fun this weekend, the faire continues from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 11-12. General admission is $21.95 for adults and free for children ages 12 and younger. For more information, visit

— Samantha Swindler,, @editorswindler

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