Middle Ages come to life in Eagan
Caponi Art Park hosts Medieval Fair Sept. 30
Those who need a break from the 21st century will find much to enjoy at Caponi Art Park next weekend.
The art park in Eagan is partnering with the Society for Creative Anachronism, an historical re-creation group, to host the Medieval Fair on Sunday, Sept. 30.
The family-friendly living history event, now in its fifth year in Eagan, will see the park transformed into a medieval village with authentic pavilions, period clothing and demonstrations.
The Barony of Nordskogen, the local SCA chapter staging the event, will be leading activities such as cooking, glass bead making, fiber arts and more throughout the afternoon.
Coin making and pewter casting demos have been added this year, and one Barony of Nordskogen member is bringing an array of animals – goats and rabbits mostly – to give the park the ambience of an authentic medieval village.
Past Medieval Fair favorites such as period games, storytelling, music and dance, and an armorer demo are back.
Armored combat – in which Barony members don armor, take up swords and engage in mock combat – returns in all its glory this year as well.
Similar in appearance to the Renaissance Festival held annually in Shakopee, the Medieval Fair places an emphasis on education and historical accuracy, according to Medieval Fair coordinator Liz Pearson.
Food concessions will be available from local Boy Scout Troop 293, with proceeds going toward the troop’s canoe trip in the Boundary Waters.
The Medieval Fair runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 30 in the park at 1220 Diffley Road, Eagan. Admission is free with a $5 per person suggested donation.
More about the event is at www.caponiartpark.org.
The Barony of Nordskogen is on the web at www.nordskogen.northshield.org.