Renaissance fair tops 8,000 visitors
From a Rancho de las Golondrinas media release.
New Mexico’s living history museum, El Rancho de las Golondrinas broke its all-time attendance record for a single event with more than 8,000 attending the Santa Fe Renaissance Fair, Sept. 22 and 23.
The fair featured non-stop entertainment including jousting, a falcon show, armored combat, belly dancing, flamenco performance, harpists, Irish dancers, comedy and magic shows, Celtic games, archery, games for children, the 15th-century king and queen of Spain, and a fairy village for young children. “While we anticipated a big crowd, we didn’t expect it to be quite this big,” said John Berkenfield, the museum’s executive director. “In only a few years, the Renaissance Fair has surged to become one of the largest events in the Santa Fe area.”
The museum’s huge parking lot overflowed, and numerous vendors hustled to keep a steady flow of food and drink for the thousands of visitors. Visitors seemed enthralled the most by the jousting competitions, put on by the Order of Epona, a troupe from Fort Collins, Colorado. Las Golondrinas began in the first decade of the 1700s as a paraje – or stopping place - on Spain’s Royal Road of the Interior, which ran between Mexico City and Santa Fe, Spain’s northernmost capital in the New World.
Las Golondrinas became a living history museum in 1972, and is a popular tourist destination with its 34 historic structures on 200 scenic acres, with volunteers sharing more than 300 years of New Mexico history.
The 2012 season at Las Golondrinas, south of Santa Fe along I-25, ends with its Harvest Festival on Oct. 6-7. 505-471-2261 or www.golondrinas.org for more information.