Grab your Lute, strap on your chain-mail, and grab your broad sword because The Renaissance Festival is in town. That’s right, it’s the festival to end all festivals. The Renaissance Festival has been going on since August 31st and will continue taking place on Saturdays and Sundays until October 20th. This weekend (October 12 & 13) is the Highland Weekend, and is a celebration of Highland Heritage. Along with the typical events like Robin Hood and Maid Marian theater, magic, a comedy and stunt show, and FULL ARMOR JOUSTING, the Highland Weekend will feature a Haggis Eating Contest, the Knobby Knees Contest and a traditional Highland Games competition.
In addition to all the spectacles there are also interactive events where you can play games or take part in archery, knife, ax, and star throws, catapulting frogs – which I can only imagine is exactly as it sounds – paint cannons, along with many other games. There are also rides like the Barrel of Bedlam, a giant slide, and war horse ride, again along with many others. If rides and games aren’t your thing, then you can check out the Artisan Marketplace where you can see artisans and craftsman from all over the country demonstrate the “lost art of their crafts.” There’s glassblowing, blacksmithing, stone carvers, basically anything you can imagine will be crafted in the Artisan Marketplace.
I remember going to the Renaissance Festival at a young age, and the employees really take pride in what they’re doing. They love seeing kids entertained, whether it’s at a theater performance or helping them make a hand out of wax. It’s just an awesome event and well worth the time to drive down 71 South to enjoy some time with family and friends and
being transported into a crazy, medieval festival. Also, let’s be serious, who doesn’t want to eat a huge Turkey leg?