Renaissance Faire comes to Genoa
Full contact jousting will be featured twice a day during the sixth annual Genoa Renaissance Faire scheduled July 27 and 28 at Genoa, Nev. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 general and $3 for seniors over 60 years of age and youths ages 5 to 12 and free for children under 5.
The Knights of the Azure Cross, a high energy jousting guild, will put on two 45-minute shows each day. Jousting was as popular in 1598 as football is now. A jouster not only had to be a superb athlete but a horse trainer as well. A war horse — very large and heavy — was the only kind used since they need to carry the knight in full armor and still be agile enough to withstand blows from opponents. One wrong move on the part of the horse and the joust would be lost and the knight might be injured. Knights had a very strong sense of honor and duty, which is portrayed in the joust.
This year’s faire is set again in the village of Genovese, a rowdy pirates den in the year 1598 during the reign of Queen Bess. It is the melting pot of all sorts of cretins and knights. Some of the characters to be found in Genovese will be St. Sebastions Guild, who will demonstrate the art of English country dancing and also will hold a scavenger hunt each day. Revilla, who was nominated for a Gramy award last year will be performing both days. Morgana will be weaving a spell with their music on Saturday and the Babylon Babes will be belly dancing both days. Thomas Wood will once again bring his bloodstained cloth of death and perhaps juggle knives over the head of some unsuspecting victim. The Twilight Knights will demonstrate the art of rapier fighting and Georgette’s Marionettes will enthrall the lads, lassies and elders both days.
The faire usually draws between 2,000 to 3,000 people. No two days are ever the same. Food and ale will be available both days and proceeds will benefit the Carson Valley Pops Orchestra, who will be serving ale and wine.
A coloring contest will allow children with a completed form free entry to the faire. First-place prizes are $50 savings bond, donated by Bank of America and Antiques Plus. Sponsors include the Record Courier, Historian Inn, Upstage Center’s Sierra Starlight Amphitheater and Bank of America in Minden.
For more information call (775) 782-4951.