Medieval festival coming to Wellsville to support repair of historic Tabernacle (with audio)

Proceeds of the Whistler's Faire benefit efforts to repair and reopen the historic Wellsville Tabernacle. 

WELLSVILLE — A first-of-its kind medieval festival is coming to Wellsville on June 21, transforming the city square and the <a href=””>Wednesdays in Wellsville Farmer &amp; Craft Market</a> into “<a href=””>The Whistler’s Faire</a>.” Hosted within the weekly market, The Whistler’s Faire is being coordinated as a fundraiser to help repair the historic Wellsville Tabernacle. The event’s <a href=””>Stone Soup Cook Off</a> will likewise benefit participating culinary arts students, providing winners with cash scholarships.

“Cache Valley really doesn’t have anything like this, where it is all about history and heritage at the same time as fantasy and fairy tale and children and imagination…and where the real meets the unreal,” said Rachel Martin, coordinator of The Whistler’s Faire. “And so we really wanted to do that at the same time as we are building up and reopening a large gathering center for the people at the south end of our valley. At the same time, it saves a beautiful piece of our valley’s heritage.”

Martin said the goal of the “very special event” is to raise funds to be applied toward replacement of a twisted roof support beam that has prevented the 115-year-old Tabernacle  from being open for public use. She said The Whistler’s Faire will become an annual tradition for the building’s continued benefit.

Public festivities take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and include a King’s Treasure Hunt, blarney storytellers, a costume contest and a community feast. With ingredients provided by local food-based businesses and farmers, contestants in the Stone Soup Cook Off will begin crafting the “best soups possible” at 12:30 p.m., earning bonus points for salads and desserts. Feasting begins at 5:30 p.m., with scholarship winners being chosen by a judging panel and popular vote.

“As the feasting happens, the <a href=””>Magician’s Purse magic competition</a> will be keeping the royal court and feasters entertained as magicians show off their skills to the formal judge’s panel and all the court to prove who should keep the jester’s crown for the next year—as well as his gold pouch,” said Martin. “All of the winners will be announced by the royal court at about 8 p.m., at which time everyone is encouraged to enjoy their treasures and loot until we meet again at next year’s Whistler’s Faire.”

Organizers of The Whistler’s Faire are currently welcoming vendors, sponsors and contestants. What Martin calls a “hiccup” with the event’s website resulted in the accidental loss of registration information last week, and Martin asks anyone with interest to revisit the website, <a href=””></a>, and confirm participation in the Stone Soup Cook Off, purchase meal tickets and learn more about all of the additional opportunities and activities available.

“As a mother, as I started doing this and we started dreaming our fun ‘pie-in-the-sky,’ I just wanted to see a lot of fun come to life for the kids as well as exploring their heritage, and fairy tales are one of the very best ways I know to do that,” said Martin. “So what better way to do it than bring that to life, as well as support the <a href=””>Wellsville Foundation</a>?”

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