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10th annual Faerie Festival kicks off

OUAQUAGA, N.Y. - Music, mirth, myth, and merriment mingle along a wooded creekside in Ouaquaga this weekend.

The 10th annual New York Faerie Festival got underway Friday.

It's a nature-loving, family-friendly, music-rich freak fest in the forest.

Nestled along a shady spring-fed creek, the festival boasts 40 juried artisan vendors, a food court and four simultaneous sound stages spread out along the path.

Plus, jugglers, stilt-walkers and roving musicians to accompany the mermaids, goblins, trolls, wood sprites and, of course faeries.

Billy Bardo says it's not about what you believe, it's about what you make believe.

"A patron who came in, in our very first or second year, and they were saying, 'I get the sense that some of you are professional performers, some of you are really enthusiastic role players, and some of you are real.'  And that's really what I think it is," said Festival Producer Bill Thorpe.

There's also a parade each day with the Faerie Queen's procession and a traditional medieval joust on horses.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for kids 5 to 18.

Four and under are free.

The festival is located on Route 79 between Windsor and Harpursville.

For more information, go to NYFaerieFest.com.

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