HESPERIA - After having a swashbuckling good time at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds over the last two years, the High Desert Pirate Renaissance Faire has found another port.
Hesperia Lake Park will be the site for the third annual pirate event in March where organizers said the ale will flow, the cannons will blast and pirates of all ages will enjoy a variety of entertainment.
Last year, the event featured 50 vendors and 16 pirate guilds at the High Desert Event Center where young and old, some dressed in pirate-themed clothing, were transported back in time.
Thomas Beckner, organizer of the faire, who plays the role of Blackbeard the Pirate, told the Daily Press the pirate-themed event was moved to a more "pirate-friendly" setting.
"Hesperia Lake park has more shade, a babbling brook, tons of green grass, lots of seating and a lake," Beckner said. "There's also more room for more food vendors. It's the perfect pirate lair for the 4,000 buccaneers that we're expecting."
Beckner said the faire lineup is still in the works, but should be "bigger and better" than last year's event, which drew about 3,200. Last year's faire also included belly dancers, a tribal beat team, musicians, a juggler, kids activities, a beer garden and several stage acts.
"This year, we'll have a stage geared for families," Beckner said. "Our Drunken Sailor stage will be rated NC-21 because it'll be our only ale stand, which will be located on an island that's located inside the beer garden."
Antonio Higareda, 35, who attended last year's faire with his family, told the Daily Press he's already planning for the "big pirate party."
"My little guys loved the pirate faire, but they were bummed that they didn't dress like pirates," said Higareda, who lives in Adelanto. "This year, my wife and I are working on costumes for the whole family."
Beckner said the Hesperia Recreation and Park District has been very helpful in accommodating this year's pirate faire.
"You know it's going to be a great pirate faire because it's all coming together. It's a lot of work, but we're getting there," Beckner said. "I hope people come out and party like a pirate with us."
The High Desert Pirate Renaissance Fair is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 18 and 19 at Hesperia Lake Park, 7500 Arrowhead Lake Road. For tickets and information, visit www.HDPirateFaire.com or call 760-684-0387.
Rene Ray De La Cruz may be reached at 760-951-6227, RDeLa Cruz@VVDailyPress.com or Twitter @DP_ReneDeLaCruz.