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Sherwood Forest returns with COVID-19 precautions

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    Kevin Gaines from Sky Kings Falconry, masked like the rest of Sherwood Forest Faire performers and attendees, gives a command to an owl in the falconry show. Photo by Julianne Hodges

A little over a year after the pandemic halted the usual bustle of Medieval-themed activity in a piece of the woods between McDade and Paige, Sherwood Forest Faire is back—with masks required, social distancing encouraged and sanitizing practices implemented.

The faire season was cut short last year in mid-March when COVID-19 hit central Texas. This year, the McDade-based Renaissance festival decided to delay the season by one month in order to allow more people to be vaccinated first. As a result, Sherwood Forest Faire will run from April 3 through May 23.

Sherwood Forest Faire also developed a COVID-19 safety plan with rules for vendors, performers and attendees in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The “Prime Directive” of the safety plan requires anyone three years and older must wear masks at all times in all areas of the property unless they are seated or standing still with their household and are six feet away from anyone not in their group.

To see the COVID-19 safety plan, visit Read more about the precautions taken at this year’s faire in next week’s edition of the Elgin Courier.