by Channel 2 News staff
Sunday, June 6, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A summer tradition in Anchorage opened this weekend, taking visitors hundreds of years back in time.
The 18th annual Three Barons Renaissance Fair opened at Tozier Track in Midtown. Participants create the temporary town of Hilshire, where "residents" dress in their finest garb -- and throw tomatoes at performers. The two-weekend Renaissance fair is Alaska's largest, and provides a variety of family-oriented vendors and entertainment.
"It includes everything from a major fight show, we have magic shows, we have puppet shows," said Mel Kalkowski, the fair's vice-president. "We have people who are interactive -- which means as you play with them, they have different improvisational bits that they'll do with you. You can totally immerse yourself for the full eight hours -- one of the good things about it."
The fair continues next Saturday and Sunday from noon until 8 p.m.