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Renaissance and Pirate Festival, fun for all, old and young
Friday, November 12, 2010

Some of the King’s most treasured trinkets have been stolen by thieves and scattered throughout his kingdom.

He has called upon his most loyal subjects to venture deep into the village and confront the bandits to negotiate the safe return of the treasure.

The children of Pagosa Springs and distant lands are asked to help the King find his trinkets at the Pagosa Springs Renaissance and Pirate Festival on July 18 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and July 19 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the athletic field across from Town Park in downtown Pagosa Springs.

Children may go on the following quests: Fairy, Gypsy, Pirate, Knight, Archer, Bard, Wizard, Monk and Jester. Kids are encouraged to dress up as any character and participate in our Royal Precession, from 3:30-4 p.m. Saturday, and 2:30-3 p.m. on Sunday.

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) will hold an archery demonstration. The SCA is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th century Europe. The society’s “Known World” consists of 19 kingdoms, with over 30,000 members residing in countries around the world. Members, dressed in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, attend events which feature tournaments, royal courts, feasts, dancing, various classes, workshops, and more.

In addition to the children assisting the King in his quests, there will be camel rides, a castle bounce house, live chess, a fencing demonstration, and an artisan fair that includes clothing, shields, leather crafts, fairie wands, masks, jewelry, and much more.

There will be performances by the Gypsy Players and many other talented individuals that will take you back in time. Fresh cask beer provided by Pagosa Brewing Co. will be served in our tavern and there will be delicious foods such as funnelcake, turkey legs, beef stew bread bowls, pita pockets, gyros, and other period fare!

Tickets can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center. The cost of a two-day adult pass is $8 and a two-day child ticket is $5. A one-day adult pass is $5 and one-day admission for a child is $3, (children are ages 6-17).

For more information, contact Autumn at the Chamber at (970) 264-2360. You can visit www.pagosaspringschamber.com for more information about the Renaissance and Pirate Festival and a full schedule of performances.