Travel back in time at the Winter Renaissance Faire

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Medieval costumes, battle armor and food took over the Champlain Valley Expo this weekend at the annual Winter Renaissance Faire.

Organizers marked the Faire’s third year by expanding the event to two days, featuring more than 60 vendors.

“It is a medieval renaissance, fantasy event that revolves around craftspeople, artisans, vendors, and lots of entertainment,” said Jeff Folb, general manager and owner of Vermont Gatherings.

Folb said they expected around 4,000 people throughout the weekend. Brotherhood of the Arrow and Sword, a historic re-enactment group, demonstrated various weaponry and fighting styles spanning 200 years.

Participants got to get a feel for the armor themselves. Performer Shelly Buttons also drew quite the crowd with her acrobatics.

“I walk on wine bottles, glass wine bottles,” Buttons said.  “I juggle knives over somebody’s head, I balance on glue sticks.”

While the Faire draws vendors from all over New England, organizers say they aim to keep it local.

“Even though it’s a Renaissance Faire, we make it uniquely Vermont and bring in as many local Vermont craftspeople, artisans and performers that we can,” Folb said. 

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