“Hail and Well Met,” The 3rd Annual Fishers Renaissance Faire Celebrates its Sister City of Billericay, England.
In 1958 President Eisenhower thought the best way to achieve world peace was to educate his people to both the differences and similarities of our own hometowns to others across the world. Hence, Sister Cities International was formed. It was this initiative that connected Billericay, England to a small town in Central Indiana known as Fishers. The 3rd Annual Renaissance Faire, held on the grounds of Conner Prairie the weekend of Oct 6th, was held as a tribute to its “Sister City” of Billericay.
Sister Cities Association of Fishers, a non-profit organization, puts on the Faire with proceeds helping fund the international travel of Fishers students and teachers to the small town 35 miles east of London. Last June, two Hamilton High and two Fishers High school students along with two teachers spent nine days with host families in the small town of Billericay. Students from Billericay are expected to visit Fishers in November.
The Fishers Renaissance Faire is depictive of the 16th century English Renaissance during Market Festival Days when the town was honored by a visit from Queen Elizabeth. With more than 200 costumed characters participating in events such as the Dragon Scale Consort, The Queens Grand Entrance Parade, Peasant Olympics, Wedding Ceremony, and of course, the Grand Joust, this year’s Faire was very entertaining and a huge success. If you missed the Faire this year, be sure to catch it next year. According to 8 year olds Kayla Greenwald and Alyssa Staples, this Faire was “really really really really great. We especially loved seeing all the magic shows and the pony rides!”
Go to www.fishersrenfaire.com to become a sponsor or volunteer for next year’s Faire.