Ye Olde Faire Comes to Derby

DERBY – About 160 sixth grade students throughout the North Country Supervisory Union met at Indoor Recreation of Orleans Country (IROC) yesterday for the annual Medieval Fair.The fair was a year end activity for the students who studied the Renaissance. Newport City School teacher Gina Miller and Derby Elementary School teacher Jeanne Beaudry organized the event, which also served as a transitional meeting for the students who will be attending North Country Union Junior High School in the fall.Beaudry started the fair for Derby Elementary five years ago. The fair has expanded and is now open to all sixth grade students in the North Country Supervisory Union. The hands on activities included juggling, chess - with one game that used students as game pieces, calligraphy, getting an understanding of Medieval lives, outdoor games, blacksmithing, soap making, archery, and a butcher who showed how to make head cheese. Many of the students dressed in costumes from the Renaissance era. Hands on activities bring the educational components to life, Miller said. The experience gave the students a better understanding how people lived and the events that took place.“The kids really enjoy it,” Beaudry said. “It’s certainly a time for them to remember the unit.”Newport City School student Courtney Bernier couldn’t agree more. She called the fair an “awesome time.”The best part of the day for Lucas Wooten, from Brighton Elementary School, was the archery demonstration.