This is the most welcoming faire, with more fun for all, including the family. Although not quite as large as some other faires, what it did not have in size, it more than made up for in sheer warmness and family style fun. Please visit at http://www.fourwindsfaire.com/
At the gate, I was unbeknownst introduced to King Henry. Unbeknownst as he was dressed in more of a commoner’s garb, not Kings garb. Very welcoming, the king explained that construction was currently underway on the front towers as a tornado had taken out a lot of the front buildings. It will look most impressive once complete, and looked very nice now. King Henry welcomed us to the faire, and pointed out some of the attractions and booths we may be interested in based on what we talked about. A special thank you to King Henry.
Upon entering, the Punch and Judy show was just beginning. This was put on by Brent “Cheeko” DeWitt (please visit here). This show is amazing! Mr. DeWitt was entertaining a group of children, including my own two year old son. To keep a two year old entertained for the amount of time that he did, with the two year old not making a sound except to laugh and clap, is sheer genius. There is nothing else that he has spent that much time exclusively paying attention to that neither his mother nor I have ever seen since his birth. It was a puppet show, using old style puppets in a show that incorporates comedy that is safe for all ages; with a joke, still safe for the kids, that was aimed at the adults in the crowd thrown in from time to time. The key was that the jokes for the adults were still family friendly, not unnecessary innuendos. Mr. DeWitt, your puppet show was magic!
From there, it was on to visit the Leatherman, Mr. Bruce Garner. This booth had many different types of handmade, high quality leather goods; and custom works. Selling leather to make your own, or having him make you a piece, or purchasing something that he had made already, the prices for what he offers cannot be beat. Also having a booth in Trade Days in Canton, please make sure to look up Mr. Garner. An extremely high quality large leather pouch, very high quality, for less than one can find a leather pouch that tore in less than a year and held half as much. The pouch, very nice leather wallet, and a leather hair tie for the lady, and a very happy transaction was completed.
On down the road, the kitchen and tavern was found. Again, one cannot say this enough, very welcoming. The Dublin Doubles (click here) were performing in the Sword and Musket tavern. Whilst drinking mead from a newly acquired Four Winds goblet, and munching on fish and chips and a burger from the kitchens, a good time was had. The Dublin Double’s comedic songs were very entertaining with both the lyrics and the showmanship of the trio.
Off to the joust we went, and to meet Sir Dustin, knight and Faire CEO and director. A great show of both horsemanship and skill was seen as the four knights, one being a fire haired lady, dawned impressive armor and took aim at one another atop four of the most beautiful horses. It was apparent, though few look close enough, that these horses were well cared for. A very nice thing to see is faire horses that are well cared for. A note on the hardiness of the knights – Sir Jonathon was still a bit sore from having his hand broken in a few different places, and was still willing to joust; one of the most physically demanding activities.
The weather turned a bit sour at this point, with a chilly rain moving in. Refuge from the weather was found in the shop of Darby Spears, and her shop Designs by Darby. A true gem smith, Darby had many unique pieces of jewelry made by real gemstones. A pair of earrings for the lady, and a helping hand lent to hang her sign, and back to the tavern to escape the rain again it was.
A return visit is definitely in order to see the rest of the great faire going on just south of Tyler Texas.
Of the faires that have been experiences first hand, I give this faire the highest rating for a family friendly faire. Scarby may be bigger, TRF even bigger still, but there is something to be said about the people that make up each faire, and the people of Four Winds are the best that I have found.