Frequently Asked Questions
What has your attendance been?
Our daytime Medieval and Pirate festival patron “gate” attendance has historically ranged from 100-1400/day, depending on weather, averaging about 550/day in 2019. We also have 100-150 participants each day working to put on the show (stage acts, street characters, vendors, staff) who also buy food and drinks.
Are you accepting vending applications for 2021?
Yes. Please contact TnMedievalFaire@gmail.com or (865) 466-1902.
If I were a vendor for a previous show, do I have to re-apply?
Yes, all vendors need to apply, so we maintain current contact info, product quality and diversity, and keep vendors who work well with the show.
What if I’m part of a stage act, want to be a street character, or my community group wants to work the show as a fundraiser?
Hello! Please contact Darkhorsellc@comcast.net.
Do you have online ticket sales, weekend, and season passes?
At this point we do not, but we plan to have them in the future. We currently sell all tickets at the ticket house on show days for cash or credit.
Do you have group rates?
Not yet. However, we will have coupons published in the Roane County News two weeks before we open that will offer one free child’s ticket ($9 value) with the purchase of one adult ticket ($19 value); cannot be combined with any other offer (such as a complimentary ticket). Please contact us if you have questions at DarkhorseLLC@comcast.net.
Is the Faire handicap accessible?
We have handicap parking at the entrance and we have handicap port-o-lets. So, in that way the festival is handicap accessible. However the grounds are 5-8 acres of newly created, outdoor park (previously a forest and brush dump) to make a Medieval-styled village. There are no concrete, paved, or graveled walkways; we mostly have grass. Since East Tennessee has hills, there is a rolling topography the grounds. We are working hard to create a good experience for everyone, but the grounds are more like a rugged hiking trail and not a paved theme park.
How much money should I bring to the Faire?
Tickets currently include TN sales tax of 9.5% and any online fee. Tickets are under $20 (ages 13+), under $10 (age 5-12), and free for ages 4 and under, and parking is free. Festival drink tickets can be purchased (water is $2, soda is $3, beer is $5). Food and craft vendors are separate businesses–all accept cash, most accept credit. Food ranges from $8 – $12 for a major item. For crafts, each vendor will have a range. Small items $5 – $10, necklaces $20 and up, and it goes up from there. So, you could spend a little, or a lot. Plus, if you like an actor or an act, the touring acts are permitted to sell merchandise and ask for tips.
Do I have to wear a costume?
No, you do not. However, wearing a costume can add to the fun. We also have a patron costume contest 1-2 times a day, where the winner is based on audience applause.
Can I come as a fantasy creature (fairy)?
Yes, patrons may come dressed as they wish, as long as the costume is family- friendly.
Can I wear a sword or dagger?
We do not allow ammo, loaded guns or cannons, even with a carry permit (unless you are authorized festival security.) However, we allow stage (dull) bladed metal weapons if they are sheathed and zip-tied so the blade cannot be removed. Form weapons are allowed. However, NO sharp or exposed blades, unchoreographed or play “fights” by patrons are allowed with any weapon (unarmed, sticks, wooded swords….). Our motto is “Safety First!”
Can I bring my pet?
We allow service animals only. Please leave all other animal friend(s) at home (not in the car). Not all pets like each other, and some do not like other people. We want everyone to feel comfortable and be safe at our Faire.
Do you have camping facilities for patrons?
No, our campground is small and for approved vendors and actors only. However, there are camping facilities in the county; please visit: https://www.roanetourism.com/stay/list/. We do have a sponsorship motel in Harriman (Travel Lodge and Baymont Inn) with discounted rates for Faire Fans with the promo code LKDE. Please call 865-882-5340.
What if I need to go to my car during the show and want to come back in?
Go to the exit gate and get your hand stamped by the attendant. Exit, then come back in through the exit gate and show your stamped hand to the attendant. The stamp changes each show day, so patrons much have the correct stamp for that day to get in the exit gate.
Are there diaper changing facilities available?
The Faire has privies (port-o-lets) for facilities. However, there is not an official baby changing station within the gates. If parents need to go to their car, they are to get their hand stamped at the exit gate, and re-enter at the exit by showing their stamp.
Can I bring in my own food and drinks?
No. Our vendors make their living by selling food and drinks and we want to support them. We do have free water at the Info/First Aid booth. However, if you have a medical condition or are caring for a baby, you can bring in what you need. Just alert the attendant and have them contact senior management if there are questions or issues.
Do you serve alcohol?
Yes, we serve malt-based adult beverages (such as beer and hard seltzer) at the TN state alcohol level (10% by volume, 8% by weight). However, you must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid photo ID with you. You will be asked at the ticket house or beer tent if you would like a free armband so you do not have to be carded further. Please note: Patrons cannot enter the grounds intoxicated; we do not over-serve; patrons cannot purchase more than one alcoholic beverage at a time and you cannot purchase beverages for another (unless the other person(s) are present and carded); and patrons will be asked to leave the show if they become disruptive. This is a family show and we want all guests to have a great time.
What if someone has a medical emergency at the show?
If you or you see someone having an issue, immediately alert our staff and come to our info/first aid booth (if possible). We have water, ice, first aid, bug spray, and shade. If needed, an ambulance will be called.
Lost and Found: Please check the info/first aid station inside the festival for misplaced items. After the show, please contact us with a description and we will work to reunite you with your item(s). DarkhorseLLC@comcast.net or on show days c: (865) 466-1902.