Kilgore’s Avalon Faire takes visitors back to the medieval period

Published: Apr. 2, 2023 at 6:03 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 3, 2023 at 7:14 AM CDT
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KILGORE, Texas (KLTV) - The first weekend in April is the traditional beginning of a period fair that focuses on a trip ‘back in time.’

‘Avalon Faire’ in Kilgore opened for visitors this weekend. A vacation of sorts. Not to a place but to a period.

Comedy, magic, chivalry and swordplay, All by medieval costumed performers, give the air of a step back in time for those who walk through the gates of ‘Avalon Faire’.

“I like the jousting, we saw the birds of prey, the belly dancers. It’s always been nice. We’ve gone to other fairs before and had a good time. I come for the food and the drinks,” said Sherry & James Danyelle of Diana.

Adorned with colorful characters, medieval shops and a gypsy forest, there’s something at each location that will catch your eye.

“Part of the charm here is you get to be immersed back in time. I’ve done this since I was little. it’s very enjoyable for me,” said Carly Dame, the granddaughter of the Faire owners.

The characters are all approachable and often educate visitors on what life would have been during medieval times.

“We take pride in our costumes, the utensils we use, our accents that we do,” Carly says.

Selling everything from jewelry to period weapons, each vendor has a story to tell about how each item was worn or used during the time period.

“It’s a bit of an escape. A lot of people like to read books, to forget their worries for the day and a lot of other people like to come to a ren-fair,” says the character playing the role of King Nintrus.

For many it’s just a great place to get away from modern day worries, and relax in a simpler time.

“It’s all a place where you can be somebody and something that you’ve always wanted to be,” says the Lady Elaine.

“We’re loving it. I’m having a great time,” said Sherry.

Located on FM 1252 between Longview and Kilgore, ‘Avalon Faire’ runs every weekend in April, with each weekend having a theme such as pirates, mythical creatures, and Viking invasion.