Initial Visit: June 23rd, 2013
Description: Jousting abilities not needed to attend this faire.
Held during the start of the dog days of summer, the Olde English Faire is quite the opposite phrase describing the hot days between June and late-August. The faire can be described as being cool as heck.
Located at Wildlife Prairie Park every year, a rather large group of us ended up here during probably the hottest day of the faire but that didn’t dampen our spirits or ruin our good time. We parked our two cars in a field and followed the trail of people that was making their way towards the entrance. Thankfully it was the right direction as the layout at Wildlife Prairie Park can be confusing if you’ve never been there before.
After walking through the giant replica parapet/gate/thing, we visited the animal petting area and took some fun photos with the horses and livestock. We stuck to this area a bit longer than we probably should have but it was shaded and cool and none of us were tan enough to handle the sun for long periods of time.
I’m not sure the exact path we traveled after the petting zoo because there was honestly too much to take in. There were a bunch of vendors set up that had a plethora of eclectic goodies to ‘ooh and aah’ over. Everyone ended up buying some random trinkets or homemade root beer at some point during our visit.
During our trek, we wound up at an axe-throwing station. In the spirit of the festival, Nate and I decided to try our luck. It turns out that I have less than zero skill at throwing them. Nate had much better luck at throwing them but we still looked like two guys who had no idea what we were doing. Aside from axe throwing, they also offered arrow shooting. My girlfriend at the time and Nate’s wife decided to try their luck at that. Sadly, they did about the same as our axe throwing. But, its not for anything else but to have fun and that is what we had.
After an hour and a half or so, we decided to leave with our hands full of the stuff we bought, our skin seared by the sun, and a smile on our face. While it would’ve been more enjoyable had the weather played nice, we still got to have fun in the sun and act like we lived in yesteryears.
3826 N Taylor Rd
Hanna City, IL 61536