Oregon Renaissance Faire's opening weekend battles some wet and cold, but ushers in plenty of fun at the fairgrounds

GIZELLE HADEED - A pair of comely wenches found something to enjoy Sunday at the Oregon Renaissance Faire. 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. Despite battling some wet weather, the opening weekend proved that this event is likely here to stay -- and grow. BRIAN STOREY - Knights joust during the tournament Sunday afternoon at the Oregon Renaissance Faire in Canby. "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."

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.

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