CARVER, MA — The annual celebration of jousting, smoked turkey legs and medieval memorabilia is taking 2020 off due to the coronavirus health emergency.
The organizers of King Richard's Faire — held at the Carver Fairgrounds for the past four decades — announced on Tuesday afternoon that the health crisis is forcing it to keep its shields and swords in storage this fall.
"Even royalty cannot beat the coronavirus," Faire organizers said in a statement. "While King Richard's Faire is a land of make-believe and fantasy, we simply cannot escape the reality of COVID-19. We are sad to announce the cancellation of our 2020 season, and thank our magnificent team and cast for all their input and creative ideas.
"Unfortunately, there simply is no alternative to ensure the health and safety of all. We are already planning for the most magnificent 40th anniversary season imaginable. To our loyal Faire fans who have been with us for so many years — some from the start in 1982 supporting our family —owned business, we thank thee and we will see you next season.
"Merry meet, merry part, and merry meet again!"
Those who bought tickets for the 2020 season can email firstname.lastname@example.org and put TIX2020 in the subject line for a timely response on refunds and other information.
The Topsfield Fair has been continuously running every October for 201 years and, as of Tuesday, the 202nd year is on as scheduled for October 2 through 12.
The statement comes a day after the Big E in West Springfield was canceled for 2020. That fair had been scheduled to run from late September through the first weekend of October.