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King Richard's Faire 2017: Old & New Favorites

King Richard's Faire - Joust to the Death | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
We received passes for our family to attend King Richard's Faire 2017.  All opinions expressed are my own.

This was our 6th year returning to King Richard's Faire, a favorite tradition for our family, located in Carver, Massachusetts.  Through the years, we've come to accept that we will never be able to see everything this Renaissance faire has to offer in one visit.  Take a look at which favorites we just could not miss this year, and which new favorites we discovered . . .

Our Favorite Attractions at King Richard's Faire:

JACQUES ZE WHIPPER: He's been one of my family's favorites since our very first visit to King Richard's Faire.  Now, 6 years later, I think my oldest is starting to get some of Jacques' jokes.  My younger son dressed up like Jacques Ze Whipper last year, and was thrilled to death that the performer remembered him this year.
King Richard's Faire - Jacques Ze Whipper | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

King Richard's Faire - Jacques Ze Whipper's Flaming Whip | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

GREAT CATS OF THE WORLD SHOW: We missed this show last year, so we had to make sure we caught it this year.  We are a family of animal-lovers, my daughter especially.  She loves seeing all the great cats and how they share some similar behaviors with our own beloved cat.
King Richard's Faire - Great Cats of the World | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

M'LADY'S SHADY MAZE: Going through this maze and down the slide is a MUST for my children.  Some years, they even insist on going through multiple times.  I have a feeling it will still be so when they are all teenagers.  After all, it's tradition!  This year, we were able to enjoy part of the faire with good friends who have a 5 year old.  It was wonderful seeing the faire through his young eyes.  I bet if you asked him, he would say his favorite things about the faire were this slide and the kettle corn.
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New Favorites Discovered at King Richard's Faire:

KETTLE CORN: Speaking of kettle corn, we bought a bag for the first time ever this year.  Oh my goodness!  Was it delicious!!  One large bag was enough to share with family and friends for nearly the whole day.  This is going to be our first stop next year.

PIRATE SHIPS RIDE: This ride is not new to my children, however, they used to complain that it hurt their hands to pull on the ropes to make the ship swing to and fro.  Now that they are older, it's like a brand new ride to them.  They were able to ride with their friends, even the little 5 year old, without having a grown up along to power the ship for them.
King Richard's Faire - Pirate Ships Ride | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

SNORKEL THE TRAINED PIG!: As previously mentioned, we are a family of animal-lovers.  This addition to the King Richard's Faire line-up is a new favorite of ours, as Snorkel quickly won our hearts.  The husband/wife duo, Rick and Jan, offered an entertaining juggling act in addition to this charming pig showing the audience what he can do.  If you want to catch Snorkel at King Richard's Faire 2017, he will only be there this year through September 24th.
King Richard's Faire - Snorkel the Trained Pig | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

King Richard's Faire - Snorkel the Trained Dancing Pig | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

JOUST TO THE DEATH:  The joust at King Richard's Faire was not new to us, but this year is the first time our children were not too tired to stay for the last joust of the day, the 'Joust to the Death.'  If you can only catch one joust during your visit to the Faire, the 5pm joust is the one to watch.  The crowds were cheering enthusiastically for their brave knights as they waited to see which would be the last knight standing and the one to wake the sleeping princess.
King Richard's Faire - Four Knights at the Joust | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

King Richard's Faire - The Joust | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

King Richard's Faire - The 5pm Joust to the Death | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Which attractions at King Richard's Faire are your family's favorites?
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Did you know you can buy your tickets online to King Richard's Faire and have them emailed to you?  Tickets can be used any weekend through October 22nd, so you can adjust your plans based on the weather.  Admission for children 3 and under is free, and group discounts are available.