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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Cancellation of the Washington Renaissance & Fantasy Faire

The Washington Renaissance and Fantasy Faire has been canceled for this year. Formerly held on the Purdy Peninsula, the faire was slated to move to a new location in Belfair. Due to an inability to obtain permits from the Mason County Department of Natural Resources, the faire will not be held this year.

The Washington Renaissance Faire has long been a source of enchanted entertainment for the Northwest in August. It will be missed this year and the Lords and Ladies of the Northwest will have to find diversion elsewhere this summer.


kinsmed said...

This year I was really planning to go.
As an alternative may I recommend the Society for Creative Anachronism's (SCA) "Known Wide World of Sports" event in Kent.
And the SCA is holding more than a dozen events when the Ren Faire would otherwise be held.
Lay on!

Stephanie Frieze said...

Thanks so much for the information, Kinsmed! It sounds like a good alternative.

Kim Thompson said...

Stephanie, I think it's very sad when traditional, long-time events get canceled like this!

I guess I am a little confused; why did it get moved? What's the deal with not getting the permit?

Stephanie Frieze said...

The Ren Faire has attracted more and more people and wanted a perminent site where they could have facilities. Land was purchased in Belfair. I'm not clear on what the reasoning was on the part of Mason County for denying permits to the group for putting on the faire.

M. Sugimura said...

The Mason County Daily News website ( has an article posted 7/15/08 by Dedrick Allan "D-N-R Upholds Order - No Renaissance Faire This year" that covers this topic if you are interested.

I found it by Googling the event this morning.

Stephanie Frieze said...

Thank you, Mizu. I hadn't had time to look into it further, but our entire family was disappointed.