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Four Winds Faire open for Spring

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - A different kind of vacation, a travel back to a time of chivalry and elegance, is being offered by the Four Winds Faire, now open off Highway 110 in Smith County, jousting and all.

From the moment you walk in, there's a feeling of what attracts people to the faire.

"Its an escape from reality , it's a much slower pace," says Tulsa visitor Craig Wright.

"We consider this a European vacation in the 17th century just about an hour from home" says Four Winds owner Dustin Stevens.

You can watch displays of weapon accuracy, listen to period music, test your longbow skills, even get a fencing lesson, or an audience with the king.

"I enjoy the history the people tell and some of the different camps where they do their shows they give the history of their characters," says Texarkana visitor Mike Kidd.

Extremely crowd friendly, many involved say they know why people turn out.

"I think the attraction for most people is it's a fantasy, is reliving and having a chance to experience life in a simpler time," says the actor who portrays King Francis I of France.

But the signature event is the joust, uncontrived, they fight for real , for points to be field champion.

Four Winds faire is located along County Road 2138 off Highway 110 South,  between Whitehouse and Troup.

It's open Saturdays and Sundays until the last weekend in April, 10-am till dark. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and children ages 5-to-12 are just $5.

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