The 20th annual Village Renaissance Fair is returning to the Middletown Grange Fair grounds for a weekend of dragons, jousting, and fire-breathing. The festivities will also raise money, as all proceeds go to the Village Library.

Castle gates open Saturday, Sept. 14 at 11 a.m. It continues until 6 p.m., then begins again Sunday at the same time.

Adamo Ignis in the act. Image via Ken Hone.

Hundreds of performers will take to the ten stages around the area. One entertainer stands out to Director Ken Hone.

“She walks on stairs of knives, she breathes fire, she walks on glass and hot coals,” said Hone. “Absolutely entertaining.”

Her group “Adamo Ignis” is Latin for “to fall in love with flame.”

Human chess, trebuchet launches, and displays of birds of prey are all on the line up. And even people who come in casual wear can enjoy the fun, as Hone said there is loaner garb completely for free.

“What I love about it most is when people come and you see the joy in their faces, the excitement. They all sit there and say, ‘I can’t believe this is all done by a renaissance fair.’ And it shows me a community can come together and do a great thing.”

A knighting scene from years past at the Renaissance Fair. Image via Ken Hone.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. There is free parking, and anyone under 5 enters free as well. The Middletown Grange Fairgrounds is located at 576 Penns Park Road in Wrightstown.