Virginia Dare Faire at The Lost Colony set for Aug. 18

By on August 16, 2018

The Lost Colony and National Park Service cordially invite you to the 2018 Virginia Dare Faire, sponsored by First National Bank.

Celebrate the 431st birthday of Virginia Dare, on Saturday, Aug. 18, with events all day at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. Virginia Dare Faire will be held in the field outside of the Fort Raleigh Visitor Center from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Activities are free and open to children of all ages. Events will vary from field games to creating clay pots with actors dressed as Native Americans.

Carnival-like activities, including coloring, face painting, and bubble stations will be open all morning. Field games like Sir Walter’s potato toss, hula-hoop activities, sack races and archery stations are also a small sampling of the day’s happenings.

Other entertainment will include street dancers, royal etiquette lessons, photo opportunities with Queen Elizabeth, a fight demonstration, and special appearances from characters of The Lost Colony.

Join Park Rangers to learn about the design and function of military installations, like the earthen works at Fort Raleigh, by constructing a fortification using moon sand. Participants will learn about the 1585 soldiers, fortifications, the 1952 reconstruction, and the artifacts uncovered at the site.

Stop by the National Park Service watercolor station where you will be able to create your own watercolor painting and learn about the explorer, scientist, and artist John White. John White was among the first English men to document the Carolina Algonquin people, landscape, flora and fauna found in the New World.

There will be birthday cake, provided by Harris Teeter, at noon.

The evening’s performance of The Lost Colony features live babies in the role of Virginia Dare. This year’s Virginia Dare babies will be added to a long list of dignified alumni who participated in the historic drama at a very early age. This yearly tradition has become a much-anticipated event on the Outer Banks. First National Bank is the proud sponsor of the 2018 Virginia Dare Faire and Virginia Dare Night festivities.

The Lost Colony runs nightly through Aug. 22, except Sundays.

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