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The Oregon Renaissance Faire returned to Canby and the fairgrounds woods were filled with fun

Faeries, elves and knights, oh my.

Three years since it last set down in Canby, the Oregon Renaissance Faire returned in full force over the weekend, and despite rainy conditions on Saturday, it was clear that the event had been missed.

The opening weekend of the Oregon Renaissance Faire was all about cosplay in all its forms, not just Renaissance looks. And after seeing the event canceled the last two Junes, people welcomed its return with plenty of passion. Visitors arrived in all sorts of cosplay, from the hardcore knight in full armor to the hybrid "Star Wars" stormtrooper.

PMG PHOTO: JOHN BAKER - All kinds of cosplay was on display the opening weekend of the Oregon Renaissance Faire in Canby.

"Man, I have missed this so much," Tualatin's Ted Wellman said, wiping beads of rain from his brow Saturday afternoon. "The weather may not be perfect, but there's such a good vibe here, such a good feel to everything. We needed this. I needed this; and as you can see, I'm not alone."

No, he wasn't. A line to get into the faire wound through the parking lot a good portion of Saturday and Sunday and, despite rain falling at times, the atmosphere was festive.

PMG PHOTO: JOHN BAKER - Knights from France, Spain, Scotland and England did battle during the Oregon Renaissance Faire in Canby.

"It has been so long, so long," said Kiara Timmons, of Clackamas, as she showed off her pink faerie outfit. "I made this several years ago and have been waiting for a chance to break it out. I follow your paper (The Herald-Tribune) and when I saw your preview of the event, I was excited but also afraid that, once again, there'd be another story in May saying it had been canceled. But this year, I saw nothing, so I got to work adding the beadwork and other items to the outfit. And here we are. This is one of my favorite events of the year."

As always, the Oregon Renaissance Faire featured diverse entertainment and plenty of artisans and participation events to go along with turkey legs, meat pies and beverages from the Cat and Fiddle Public House.

"The first weekend was absolutely wonderful, despite the rain," said Shana Casey, Oregon Renaissance Faire director of marketing. "We learned that Oregonians won't let a little rain keep them from enjoying something. It was true Scottish weather. Lots of people came out, and we can't wait to do it again next weekend. The weather is supposed to be perfect."

PMG PHOTO: JOHN BAKER - A bard works the crowd at the Oregon Renaissance Faire during its opening weekend in Canby.

Kelly Stevens, of Wilsonville, was in line at the pub and noted that there seemed to be real joy in the air with the return of the Oregon Renaissance Faire.

"You can feel it, right?" she asked rhetorically. "Despite the weather at times, there's really an air of excitement and joy here. I think a lot of people simply needed this to return to kind of break out of their pandemic ruts. We are here for some fun and a break from the struggles of the past two years. This certainly feels like something special."

Missed it this past weekend? Don't worry, the faire is back for a second weekend June 11-12 at the fairgrounds in Canby. Gates open at 10 a.m. with jousting at noon and 5 p.m., as well as a host of other activities throughout the day.


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