Thursday, 27 July 2017 05:51

For the first time ever, Picture Butte will see a Medieval Faire this summer

Written by  Demi Knight
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Fans of the Renaissance rejoice as the Windy Castle Medieval Faire is coming to Picture Butte for a weekend of fun this July.


With its first official appearance in the community, Picture Butte and Lethbridge residents are ready to celebrate their love for the Medieval time periods.
What started as a dream to bring a simple event to the community snowballed into a large faire with activities and fun for all to enjoy. Juanita Devos, organizer of the faire, says this event was put together with the work of two minds and their desire to unite the community.
“This is the first year of the Faire. It started with Michelle Couper. Then we got together,” says Devos. “We both have a love for imagination and having fun and we realized there wasn’t a lot going on in our community over the summer months so we decided to have our own Faire.”
The Windy Castle Medieval Faire is premiering this year with activities that pay homage to the classic time-period such as jousting battles, archery and a feast.
The two-day event, which brings together history lovers and families alike, will be sure to keep everyone entertained for a weekend full of activities and fun.
Starting on Saturday the faire will kick into full swing with a Jousting show, jugglers, and archery demonstrations. There will be several stations to keep children entertained such as a bouncy castle, carriage rides, face painting, a games tent and so much more.
Devos says the Faire is even offering bus rides to the event from Lethbridge for those who want to leave their car in town or cannot make it to the event without assistance.
“We have a convenience bus service, travelling from Lethbridge Public Library to the faire. So, people without a vehicle can still come to the faire. Hopefully the bus will be running every half hour depending on traffic of course.”
However, it’s not only the day-time activities that the faire is hosting to draw in the public, but also a special after-hours show. This show will take place on Saturday evening and members of the community can attend a seven-course medieval themed banquet provided by L.A Chefs whilst enjoying the stylings of a private Joust and Tilt show.
With added features such as a costume contest, a storyteller, a maze and a Japanese Taiko drumming event the weekend has something to offer everyone. 
Devos say although this Faire will be rewarding to bring to the community, getting it on its feet has been challenging.
“I’ve been an event organizer for four years, but starting something from scratch has been a huge challenge. However, we’ve had amazing support, everyone has been incredibly supportive. Everyone we talk to say it’s a great idea. There’s been so much community support.”
With the initial hopes to work with the City of Lethbridge the organizers set out to bring the Faire into the city, however after Lethbridge couldn’t accommodate the animals the organizers wished to provide for the children’s activities, the organizers placed an advertisement on Kijiji to find a new host.
“We talked to Lethbridge city, but we couldn’t bring animals. Then the Cayote Flats Pioneer Village called us up. They’re celebrating their 35th anniversary this year and were so accommodating and helpful with working with us,” says Devos of the host grounds for the starting year of this exciting Faire.
Tickets are still available to attend this breakout event July 29-30 through their website at www.windycastle.com.
With hopes to propel this Faire into a great event for all to attend, Devos says their hopes and possibilities for the event are endless.
“We’re starting out small with big dreams.”

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