Weather Plagues Medieval Faire!


Reign & Cold

The Medieval Era was known for knights and minstrels and jousting but also plagues. Unfortunately bad weather continues to plague the Riverdale Kiwanis Medieval Faire charity event.

Saturday began with heavy rain, then temperatures plummeted into the 50s. Sunday morning was the coldest in several seasons at 41 degrees with a wind chill in the 30s and, though sunny, struggled to break into the 60s with a strong north wind. The 2016 event was sadly open for just 6 hours due to last January’s tornados and record rain.

Despite the weather, hardy souls were in attendance, with Terry Short of Riverdale Kiwanis saying, “It is amazing how many people come out in the rain and cold to support a good cause.”

The extraordinary New Riders of the Golden Age performed excellent jousting, with Sir William the victorious knight and all saluting “God Save The Queen!” Jousting continues this weekend at 11 a.m. and 12:45 & 3:15 p.m.

Roving entertainers and scheduled shows offer acrobats, magic and music. While wandering the Faire and devouring a deliciously huge turkey leg, a glass of hot mead kept me warm inside & out!

The Medieval Faire continues Saturday and Sunday, January 14 & 15, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with free parking. Lakes Regional Park is at 7330 Gladiolus Drive in South Fort Myers;

NO PETS PLEASE! Admission is $15 for ages 12 & up, $5 children 5 to 11, and kids 5 & under free; for information call 239-369-6881 or see


Gary Mooney