ECHS Introduces Students to Renaissance with Outdoor Fair

Like the students they teach, ECHS administrators and faculty dressed up for the Renaissance Fair.


WINTERVILLE—The Pitt County Schools Early College High School (ECHS) on Pitt Community College’s campus took a hands-on approach to learning about the Renaissance this week with an outdoor fair that featured various activities and demonstrations representative of the historical period.

Held Wednesday afternoon, the 2nd Annual ECHS Renaissance Fair included food, sword fighting exhibitions, glass bead jewelry-making, and gladiator jousting and costume competitions. ECHS Principal Wynn Whittington—who wore a medieval knight costume to the event, complete with black tunic, sword and spangenhelm helmet—said the fair’s purpose was to “expose students to the Renaissance period and all things historically related.”

“The students really enjoyed dressing up and competing in the costume and joust competitions,” Whittington said. “Leading up to the fair, they learned to collaborate together to create projects and come up with ideas for this year’s event.”

Whittington said many of the demonstrations that took place during the fair were performed by members of the Society for Creative Anachronism group from eastern North Carolina. The group is part of an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century history.

“We are thankful for our partnership with Pitt Community College and Pitt County Schools that make these types of events possible,” Whittington said.