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Fun, food and faire favorites: Babies’ Crawl to the Crown race and a pet fashion show all part of the day

Babies will race for the crown and pets will compete in their regal attire during the 2018 Albuquerque Renaissance Faire.

The debut of the Crawl to the Crown baby race will take place at the faire on Saturday, April 28, at Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum. Parents and guardians with crawling babies can enter their wee ones for free. Babies will take to the battlefield on their hands and knees, and try to outcrawl the competition for rights to the crown at 2 p.m.

Just prior to the crawl race will be a pet fashion show at 1:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring their pets dressed in their best Renaissance attire.

The fashion show has become quite popular at the faire, according to Bree Ortiz, events and operations manager for the city of Albuquerque. It is free to sign up pets to enter the fashion show. Prizes will be awarded.

Colorado’s Order of Epona will put on jousting shows.

“They put on a few 30-minute jousting shows,” Ortiz said. “It’s a skit. The horses are huge. It’s really fun, really entertaining and it draws a really big crowd.”

The city of Albuquerque also partners with the Society for Creative Anachronism local chapter to conduct Renaissance re-enactments.

“They put on all the era-appropriate educational pieces for us, so they’ll have a whole village, and they really have displays and re-enactments of kind of how it was in the Renaissance era,” Ortiz said. “They also are the ones who oversee the battlefield and do all the battles. Inside (the balloon museum), we have living history, which is a lot of displays; there’s games, fiber arts, they have a scribal section. It’s not only fun. It’s very educational.”

There are plenty of children’s activities and adults can enjoy libations from several New Mexico breweries. Local wine and spirit offerings also will be available.

About 15 food vendors will offer faire favorites people have come to love, including turkey legs, meat pies, Celtic baked goods and shortbread, desserts and kettle corn. Some vendors also will be getting creative with their offerings.

“Some of them are just theming it really cute,” Ortiz said. “Like there’s a King’s Plate that’s a leg of lamb, potatoes and vegetables. A Queen’s Plate, which is smoked chicken, potatoes and vegetables. We’ve asked all the food vendors to theme it up and make it really cute. There’s cheese platters and Bratwurst. There’s something for everybody.”