Almost every town in the Commonwealth has an attraction that is unique to them. Some of the more notable ones celebrate agriculture, seafood, cars, boats and even Thanksgiving. One in particular stands out amongst all the rest. It allows tourists to step back in time and talk to kings and queens. Invites perfect strangers to laugh at the antics of jesters and be awed by knights who joust on horseback. Of course, I’m talking about King Richard’s Faire in Carver, Massachusetts; and this weekend is the last chance you will have to experience it for the 2015 season.
Founded in 1982 by Richard and Bonnie Shapiro, King Richard’s Faire is the oldest renaissance fair in New England. For eight weeks every fall, the 80-acre campground, named Carvershire, is host to vendors, actors, chefs, musicians, animals, artists, and their fans for an immersive experience unlike any other. Some of the highlights include jousting battles, fire dancers, jugglers, the Mud Show, and some fantastic medieval-inspired food. Tourists from across New England visit the Faire annually and have made Carver a destination spot every fall.