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The opening weekend of the Oregon Renaissance Faire battled some weather, but the crowds didn't seem to mind

JOHN BAKER - Visitors had a chance to visit with the queen.
Scoundrels, knaves and knights, oh my.

The Oregon Renaissance Faire brought plenty of each and more to the forefront of its opening weekend at the Clackamas County Event Center in Canby.

Missed it? Don't worry, the faire will be back next weekend (June 10-11) to offer plenty more in the way of renaissance fun, focusing its attention on a Celtic theme.

JOHN BAKER - Pirate maids stare down a curious cameraman.Despite battling some wet weather, the opening weekend proved that this event is likely here to stay -- and grow.

"I was here yesterday, which was raining, but had to come back today," said Elizabeth Townsley, of Portland. "The spirit here is so much fun. I love it. I brought my sisters today."

JOHN BAKER - Other faire-goers watched a late-afternoon duel between opposing factions. And despite whatever Mother Nature tossed at the faire, the visitors -- some dressed in period costume and some not -- simply went with the flow. They were rewarded Sunday afternoon when the sun broke through and warmth descended on attendees as jousting commenced.

"I love renaissance faires and I really like how the people who work this one never break character," said Jillian Simmons of Oregon City. "I read about this one last year and didn't come, so I wasn't going to miss it. Love it."

The good news is that the faire returns next weekend from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day at the event center.

Renaissance FAire

The Oregon Renaissance Faire continues this coming weekend (June 17-18) at the Clackamas County Event Center in Canby.

The second weekend of the faire will have Celtic theme.

The faire runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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