UNCHAIN YOUR INNER DRAGON, PIRATE OR VIKING!

Bringing history to vivid, colorful life is the whole point at Thunder Mountain Living History’s Dragon Un-chained Renaissance and Pirate Fantasy Faire in Delta. Courtesy photo.

Bringing history to vivid, colorful life is the whole point at Thunder Mountain Living History’s Dragon Un-chained Renaissance and Pirate Fantasy Faire in Delta. Courtesy photo.

By Caitlin Switzer

DELTA—(April 14,2014)  What’s that rumble you hear in the distance? It could just be the sound of Thunder Mountain Living History gearing up for a season of fun, family-style events. Western Colorado loves a festival, and the team at Thunder Mountain wants to make sure everyone has a great time—so come on out to the Third Annual Dragon Unchained Renaissance & Pirate Fantasy Faire in North Delta April 25-27 and May 2-4. The best part? It won’t cost a thing.

“What we like to do is bring history to life,” said Thunder Mountain’s Brenda Soluna. “It’s kind of like a Renaissance Fair, but we have expanded on the idea—this is about everything from 1880 on back, and we have also included Fantasy and Steam Punk. You could be a Viking, or a Roman.

“We pretty much want to be as inclusive as we can.”

Thunder Mountain Living History is a non-profit 501c3, dedicated to celebrating history in ways that can be fully appreciated by today’s festival-goers. Events are supported by sponsors and vendor fees, and no alcohol is served.

“People think history is boring, but when you can live it, see it, feel it, hear it and taste it–it comes alive!” Soluna said.

Expect trebuchet demonstrations, Viking raids, archery, pirate talk, and plenty of imagination.

And apparently, the idea appeals to just about everyone—in 2012, the Dragon Unchained Renaissance & Pirate Fantasy Faire drew 3,000 participants. The second year, the festival expanded to two weekends and drew more than 7,000, Soluna said.

“We have a donation box, and we have businesses that contribute,” Soluna said, noting that major sponsors include Alpine bank and Safeway.

“We’ll have a family fun night, and a cannon show every day at 2 p.m.,” she said.

Over Father’s Day weekend in June, Thunder Mountain Living History will once again host the Thunder Mountain Rendezvous, a pre-1840 Mountain Gathering, complete with cannons, archery, black powder shoots, hawks and plenty of knives. To learn more, visit the web site at http://thundermountainhistory.org .