CCAC South Campus to host second annual Medieval Faire for the college and wider community on April 24

Article by: CCAC Public Relations

The Community College of Allegheny County’s South Campus will kick off spring with a festive Medieval Faire on Wednesday, April 24, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The faire, which is open to the college community and the general public, will feature a wide variety of educational displays, entertainment and hands-on activities, including medieval period games, arts and crafts, music and dance, jousting and fencing demonstrations, a spinning wheel demonstration, a replica catapult—and much more.

All of the merry-making will take place on the South Campus lawn (indoors if inclement weather). The scene will be graced with several medieval period tents, banners, flags and an area for performances, which will include music by student harpists. A round tent will house nearly 100 costumes on loan from the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival, where visitors may change into period costumes and have their photo taken in an area with a medieval backdrop and a royal throne. CCAC President Dr. Quintin Bullock will prepare his famous smoked turkey legs for guests. Other traditional fare will include fried chicken, bread, fruit and tea. 

The event has grown out of a collaboration of students, faculty and staff in various departments and clubs at South Campus and throughout the college. For example, Engineering students will display a 3D printed chess set, army scene and catapult they created. Students in the Veterans and History clubs will display an evolution of warfare exhibit. Art students will offer a virtual scavenger hunt, and Honors students will present a reading of Shakespearean insults.

Outside organizations and volunteers will also participate, among them the Society for Creative Anachronism, whose members will offer a variety of dance and arts and crafts demonstrations. Members include Jim Krebs, a CCAC History adjunct who is also a member of the faire planning committee, and Jodi Boyd, a CCAC alumna and vendor with the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival who is providing the tents and costumes as well as demonstrating period dance. In addition, the Humane Wildlife Rescue will exhibit birds of prey, and Fair Districts PA will do a presentation on gerrymandering and government.

“Last year’s faire was such a success, and this year’s will be even bigger and better,” said Laurie Sprankle, CCAC professor of History and Political Science, who is leading the collaboration. “Everyone on the planning committee has put in a ton of work and brought an inspiring level of creativity that has allowed this to grow into such an amazing event.”

Admission is free. In the case of inclement weather, activities will be moved to the South Campus gymnasium, Building G–502. CCAC South Campus is located at 1750 Clairton Road (Route 885), West Mifflin, PA 15122.

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