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TROY, N. Y. » The En­chanted City showed off its steam­punk style on Satur­day at the fourth an­nual fes­ti­val, which was ti­tled “Deus Ex Machina.”

Since its in­cep­tion in 2014, the En­chanted City fes­ti­val has grown and evolved greatly, while main­tain­ing fo­cus on steam­punk and in­no­va­tion.

This year, the all- day event moved to a new lo­ca­tion in River­front Park, where at­ten­dees had the op­por­tu­nity to check out a pa­rade of Mad Ma­chin­ery, a cos­tume con­test, street per­form­ers and ped­dlers, in­ven­tors in ac­tions, sto­ry­telling, danc­ing, pup­pet shows and magic.

“The En­chanted City is about cel­e­brat­ing invention and cre­ativ­ity in ev­ery way shape and form,” said char­ac­ter Queen Mab, queen of The En­chanted City, dur­ing the fes­ti­val’s open­ing cer­e­monies.

Af­ter the open­ing pa­rade, which fea­tured Queen Mab as well as other steam­punk char­ac­ters and so- called “mad ma­chines” com­pet­ing in this year’s In­ven­tors’ Chal­lenge, event­go­ers young and old wan­dered through the park vis­it­ing sta­tions such as the Troy Mini Maker Faire, the Talk Tent, Wee World and the main stage, which fea­tured en­ter­tain­ment from The Bread and Pup­pet Theater and Theatre In­sti­tute at Sage.

Re­turn­ing at­ten­dees Fred and Maryann Con­ley of Clifton Park were glad to come back to the En­chanted City in full steam­punk garb this year. They both wore cos­tumes they came up with last fall when they went on a Hal­loween- themed Dis­ney cruise. The first time they at­tended, they

weren’t dressed this way. In fact, they weren’t even quite sure what steam­punk was at the time. “We had to look it up,” Mary Ann ad­mit­ted. When they did, they were in­trigued, and now they’re part of the steam­punk com­mu­nity. Even their lit­tle dog had a steam­punk coat on for Satur­day’s fes­ti­val.

What the cou­ple en­joys most about com­ing to the En­chanted City is ad­mir­ing other peo­ple’s cos­tumes and shop­ping in the tents.

“A lot of the ven­dors have steam­punk, and it’s re­ally very nice,” Mary Ann said. “It’s some­thing def­i­nitely dif­fer­ent.”

One of the steam­punk ven­dors sell­ing gog­gles, jew­elry and other fash­ions at the gath­er­ing this year was Brit­tany John­son of The Steam­punk Yoga, a new stu­dio that re­cently opened in Saratoga Springs. John­son has been part of the En­chanted City since the be­gin­ning, and liked the new set­ting along the Hud­son.

“I love the fact that we have this beau­ti­ful view by the river, she said.

Event founder and or­ga­nizer Su­san Dunckel was most im­pressed with what ex­hibitors and en­ter­tain­ers brought to the fes­ti­val this year. Think­ing back on the last few years, she be­lieves the qual­ity of the fes­ti­val has im­proved.

“The level of in­no­va­tive think­ing is at the high­est we’ve ever seen,” she said, re­gard­ing the ma­chines in the an­nual In­ven­tors’ Chal lenge. And over­all, “The level of whimsy is re­ally up,” Dunckel added.

The new lo­ca­tion was also a nice change of scenery for the event. “Be­ing on the river is amaz­ing,” Dunckel said while look­ing out over the fes­ti­val grounds. “That’s a beau­ti­ful view. It’s fan­tas­tic.”

Dunckel also ex­pressed her thanks to the city of Troy for sup­port­ing the quirky fes­ti­val. The Troy Lo­cal De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion awarded a $ 10,000 grant to be the fes­ti­val’s pre­sent­ing spon­sor.

“I’m con­tin­u­ally awed by the fact that the city is so will­ing to in­vest in events like this,” Dunckel said. “It’s def­i­nitely a lit­tle out­side of the box, and I’m so grate­ful.”


Queen Mab smiles for event- go­ers dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­monies of the fourth an­nual En­chanted City steam­punk fes­ti­val on Satur­day at River­front Park in Troy.


A mad­ma­chine com­pet­ing in the In­ven­tors’ Chal­lenge pa­rades around the fes­ti­val grounds.


Event at­ten­dees Fred and Mary Ann Con­ley of Clifton Park dressed in steam­punk out­fits.

Event or­ga­nizer Su­san Dunckel rides her tri­cy­cle in the open­ing pa­rade.

A man dressed in steam­punk garb rides around the fes­ti­val grounds.

A mad­ma­chine com­pet­ing in the In­ven­tors’ Chal­lenge pa­rades around the fes­ti­val grounds.

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