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3/13/04-Smith County

Renaissance Faire Attracts Crowd

Most of the time taking a trip back to the Renaissance Age would require a library card or the internet but did you know you can live the experience and it's right in our own backyard.

The sounds of the Middle Ages will greet guests of the Vizcaya Ranch over the next month. They'll act as a sort of soundtrack to a journey back to a much different time. Operator Dustin Stephens said people really are shocked when they come to the faire.

"The ones that have never seen this before they really enjoy it, they do get that deer in the headlights," he said. "They get this look like 'Wow I can't believe that I'm here'."

It's a little hard for Stephens to believe too. What started as a weekend performance more than 10 years ago has blossomed, Stephens' hobby becoming one of the largest events of it's kind in the state.

"I'm trying to bring in tourism and bring in an industry while at the same time giving young people, well really anybody, something to do."

The costumes are authentic and so are the performances which is a big draw for families looking to have a good time.

"You go back to the past." Della Metcalf said.
"I can imagine them having a festival, I can imagine them having fun."

Stephens said the faire also carries a much deeper meaning.

"There is a lot of history here, and this is a little earlier, but it all continuing it all connects.  I think it is very important for us to realize where we came from where our ancestors came from."

The faire creates a glimpse into the past while being located just down the road. If you missed out Saturday don't worry, you can still get in on the fun. The fair will be held each weekend until April 18th at the Vizcaya ranch just south of Whithouse. The costs is just $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Chris Gibson, reporting

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