Knights in shining armor, foolish fables and a tomato show are just a few of the events waiting for people at the 27th annual 3 Barons Renaissance Fair in Anchorage. Last Saturday and Sunday was opening weekend.

This year, there are more than 50 vendors and more than 420 actors participating. Kevin Hall, who plays a peasant and also does promotions for the fair, says the two-weekend event was born out of the actors wanting to do something substantial.

"So they got together and they came up with this idea about a Renaissance fair that was built around a real storyline that they came up with," Hall said.

The legend goes that a warrior named Hillthelstan the Bold and three brave knights fought against a monster that had been terrorizing the village. Hillthelstan killed the monster with his sword but then disappeared.

The battle is honored at the fair each year where the Barons Red, Green and Blue compete for the Sword of Hillthelstan. The relic is said to bring a good harvest and prosperity in the coming year.

"They must do battle," Hall said. "Battle of wits, battle of cunning. The Barons Blue, Red and Green challenge each other each year."

The event draws over 10,000 people to the Tozier Track at 3400 Tudor Road. 

"I just got sucked in and I love it," 3 Barons president and actress Jennifer Wright said. "I have developed a whole lot of skills between theater and costuming. I do a lot of the costuming for my group. And it's really been a great time learning all those skills and learning the history as you dig a little bit deeper."

While the fair has a theme and a storyline, it's ultimately up to attendees to decide which Baron wins each year. To cast their votes, people place wooden tokens into boxes near the Barons’ camps. A tally is counted each day and the winner is announced on the final day. 

The 3 Barons Renaissance Fair is open for one more weekend, June 8-9. Gates are open from noon to 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for kids and $7 for military members and seniors ages 60 and over.

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