Connecticut Renaissance Faire leaving North Haven after two years

Connecticut Renaissance Faire leaving North Haven after two years


The Connecticut Renaissance Faire, held at the North Haven fairgrounds the past two years, is moving to Lebanon for a more rustic feel, according to organizers.

The 2017 event, which begins Sept. 2, will be held at the fairgrounds on Mack Road in Lebanon.

“The background of the fairground abuts I-91,” Brian Harvard, general manager of Connecticut Renaissance Faire, said of the North Haven fairgrounds. “You could see cars going by. We need something more rustic and quiet and we’ll get that in Lebanon, where it’s very quiet, with a lot of trees.”

Besides a more tranquil setting, the event conflicted with the North Haven Fair, which will be held Sept. 7-10.

“We’ve been running late September to October for so many years, and there is a significant shift in weather; it gets wetter in October,” Harvard said. “We knew the North Haven Fair runs in September and we couldn’t get those dates, so we’ll go to the Lebanon fairgrounds, because they hold their fair in early August.”

The Connecticut Renaissance Faire recreates a harvest festival from the Middle Ages, with jousting knights and outdoor theater. The event is held in the spring and fall. The spring event is called Robin Hood’s Faire.

“We loved North Haven,” Harvard said. “The people who ran the fair, the town and the people who came to visit were wonderful. They seemed to love our fair.”

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