- Associated Press - Thursday, June 12, 2014

ANGOLA, Ind. (AP) - It’s going to be a Freaky Friday culminating into a freaky weekend in Steuben County. But bodies won’t be switching in this saga, only time periods, personalities and possibly a last name.

As dusk wanes to night and the full moon comes out, the superstitious won’t be the only ones anticipating and participating in Friday the 13th juju. A time warp will plant Darth Vader, Vikings, 16th-century Englishmen, a princess and a ghost buster at the Enchanted Lakes Renaissance Faire and Marketplace Friday through Sunday at the Steuben County 4-H Fairgrounds.

With Friday the 13th marking the start of the fair this year, Kim Bordner, head of the committee, said the group really wanted to embrace it. And embracing it is going to look like Star Trek mixed with medieval tavern music and long gowns, Dr. Who and a wedding - a comic con renaissance faire.

“We were never historical, that was never our intent. . We want to open it up to more people. . They get to let their inner geek out and have fun and that’s all we’ve wanted, just to let people have fun for a weekend,” Bordner told The Herald republican (https://bit.ly/1hR599O ).

A royal wedding will be held at 1:45 p.m. Sunday. The princess, Marguerite Antoinetta, portrayed by Megan Miller, oversaw the kingdom last year for the king. Now that he is back, he’s decided she needs a proper suitor. Patrons of the faire are being asked to request her hand from the king throughout the weekend. Who will be standing at the altar when the wedding bells ring? It could be surprising.

A jousting match along with the Bocca Musica group in the tavern are among the popular highlights returning to this year’s faire. The Bocca Musica group will keep it PG-13 until temptations of the pub take hold and then they give in to their bawdy reputation, organizers say. Their original songs and parodies have made them a treasured act of the faire.

Mother Superior will be frolicking around, imparting wisdom. The High Flying Fools will enchant and entertain in the air with their tumbling and acrobatic skills. And, with a parrot in hand, Dangerous Pirate Dan has some magic up his sleeve.

The marketplace features leather goods, handcrafted lotions, journals and wire jewelry among many other medieval garb and tools.

Bordner is asking residents of Steuben County to venture out of their comfort zones for a day and attend an event that is sure to be full of laughs, fun and no judgment.

“I really believe in this,” Bordner said. “The people who are involved really believe in it. I wish more of the community would get involved. . Who cares if you’re weird? If I could dress up as Bugs Bunny for the weekend, I would probably do it. Bugs Bunny is my hero. . He can say what he wants and get away with it.”

Gates open Friday at 3 p.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. Gates open at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday and close at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday.


Information from: Herald Republican, https://www.heraldrepublicanonline.com/

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