First-time Renaissance Faire coming to the shire of Truckee
Truckee has its share of history-inspired festivities, from Railroad Days to Windows on History. But a new event will take the community back in time a few more centuries.The Truckee Renaissance Faire, to be held Sept. 25 and 26, will transport attendees to 1562 and the era of Mary Queen of Scots, with period food, reenactments and vendors selling wares representative of the era. The event will be held at Truckee River Regional Park and proceeds will go to Truckee schools.Truckee resident Sandy Horn, the director of the inaugural event, has participated in Renaissance reenactment for seven years and teaching Truckee seventh graders about the era for six years.”For the past couple years, the teachers and I have been saying ‘Hmm, a big fair in Truckee would be nice,” she said.
In June 2003, Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District General Manager Steve Randall asked Horn to direct a Renaissance fair.”I just thought it would be a good event for Truckee – something we didn’t already have,” Randall said.Horn pondered whether or not she would direct the event for a couple months. Then, after some encouragement from friends, she began the planning process for Truckee’s first Renaissance fair.”Probably the biggest motivator to me was the possibility of it bringing money to Truckee schools,” Horn said. “I know that these fairs can bring in a good amount of money, and because it started with the kids, it needs to go to the kids.”The living history event has something for everyone, Horn said, with jousting demonstrations, scavenger hunts, and performances by Mother Goose for younger children.
“I’ve seen it open up some horizons for some kids, where talking to the Queen of Scotland makes it more meaningful than reading about it in a text book,” she said.For Horn’s teenage children, who have attended fairs since elementary school, the Truckee fair is exciting because of its proximity.”The best thing about this, I think, is not having to travel so far to go to a fair,” said 16-year-old Scott.The Horns are in the St. Andrews Guild and have logged thousands of miles on their travel trailer by attending Renaissance fairs all over the state.”It’s not like going to the county fair or something like that; it is something you are a part of,” Horn said. “There are things to participate in and interact with, and that’s not part of many events these days.”
Since the beginning of summer, Horn has attended chamber of commerce mixers and other functions in full Renaissance garb to promote the fair and get sponsors on board. She said she’s pleased with the level of support the fair has had, considering it’s the first year of the event.Now, with the event a week and a half away, Horn is plotting where the vendors will be stationed at Regional Park and getting parking and shuttle busses in order.And she’s already looking forward to 2005’s fair.”In a lot of ways, I’m putting the first event under my belt,” she said. “I’m looking at Oct. 1 as a new beginning and a time to start getting ready for next year.”