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A fine day at the fair


Big cats and singers greet visitors to16th century village

Close to 2,500 people turned out for the first weekend of the Oregon Renaissance Festival at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro, and they were treated to a variety of 16th century-era sensory treats — from tasty turkey legs to free hot air balloon rides and performers such as storytellers and magicians. Also featured were sword fighting, jugglers and a sword-swallower.

Drawing some of the biggest crowds were the three daily demonstrations at the jousting arena. by: HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - The Renaissance Fair offers three jousting sessions during each days activities, leading up to a full-contact performance with brave knights in armor.

There were two jousting demonstrations, including one where jousters warmed up by spearing rings out of the hands of a squire, that led up to a main performance at 6 p.m. featuring jousters in their armor.

The cost to get into the unique festival is $20 at the door, but festival organizers are offering a special half-price ticket ($10) for the upcoming Labor Day weekend for those who order online at oregonrenfest.com