Company looks to bring permanent pirate-themed park to Hudson Valley

An immersive pirate-themed festival may soon become a permanent fixture in Hudson Valley.

Nadia Galindo

Nov 11, 2022, 10:24 PM

Updated 565 days ago

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An immersive pirate-themed festival may soon become a permanent fixture in Hudson Valley.
Last spring, Kingdom Faire saw more than 5,000 people attend its pirate-themed festival in Putnam Valley.
The fantasy festival included a mermaid show by professional water artists, break dancing, comedy and a pyrobellydancer.
Now the company behind the festival, Megara, wants to make it a permanent attraction in the Hudson Valley.
"We had great attendance really passionate people a lot of newcomers to the renaissance style festival scene," said Christopher Francia, Founder & CEO of Megara.
Francia said the festival appeals to millenials and Gen-Zers who would rather spend money on experiences than products..
"People just want to escape and feel like they are in some place that feels completely different," he said.
Putnam Valley Supervisor Jacqueline Annabi said the town is working with Megara to bring a permanent theme park to the area adding it would bring with it, jobs and spur economic growth.
"It would be another source of tax revenue where we are not taxing our residents," said Annabi. "They bring in potential for revenue for jobs its fantastic for our community."
Megara has raised more than $100,000 by investors through Wefunder with a $250,000 goal to begin developing plans and buying property.
The crowdfunding goal does have a deadline, which is Nov. 20.
Francia said no final decision has been made on whether Kingdom Faire will open again next spring.


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