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Carnation’s Camlann Village celebrates 30 years of summer festivals

A youngster chats it up with one of Camlann Village’s knights during last year’s summer festival celebration. This year, the village celebrates the 30th anniversary of the summer fest. - Courtesy Photo
A youngster chats it up with one of Camlann Village’s knights during last year’s summer festival celebration. This year, the village celebrates the 30th anniversary of the summer fest.
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Marking its 30th summer festival in the Valley, Carnation’s Camlann Medieval Village is bringing new traditions, sites and scenes to the celebration.

The festival takes place noon to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through August 22.

Camlann Medieval Village features in-character interpreters who take on roles of medieval persons living in a small English village in the year 1376. Camlann is dedicated to offering the public powerful personal experiences of history, including multiple learning and performing arts opportunities.

The village is based on research of rural communities in 14th century England, and was founded to provide a deeper understanding of the relationship between those historical events and western society today.

This year’s Summer Festival celebration will include never-before-seen attractions such as a new forged blacksmith’s anvil in the village’s 14th century smiths and a post-and-beam woodshed with hand-hewn timbers.

Other must-sees include longbow archery displays, demonstrations of hand-crafts such as wool dyeing, candle-making and pottery.

Minstrels will entertain by playing music, reciting poetry and performing magic.

Visitors will be able to experience the food, music, crafts and village interpreters of the 14th century, all month long.

Dining is available all year. For more information visit www.camlann.org or call (425) 788-8624.

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