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Medieval village experiences economic boom at 2012 Renaissance Festival

In preparation for the 2012 Renaissance and Pirate Festival, it was determined that due to the increased success of the 2011 festival, the medieval village would need to grow — almost double in size.

This year, festival-goers will be able to experience the Renaissance and Pirate Festival in both Town Park and the adjacent athletic field.

With the increase in numbers of visiting guilds, troupes, vendors and activities there was a need to expand the village.

The 2012 Renaissance Festival will take place from Friday, July 20, to Sunday, July 22. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Returning royalty, The Order of the Azure Rose, will hold court over the three-day festival.

New this year will be The Scorpions who will display and fire large cannons from the athletic field at 2 p.m. daily along with providing other demonstrations.

The Salida Circus will return with their fantastic costumes, stilt-walking skills and extensive activities for children including circus tricks, plate spinning and tumbling techniques.

Another favorite, Sir Mark Logsdon, escape artist, will entertain the crowds.

Local performers, Rakassal Jabal with dance, the Gypsy Players with stage performances, and the Big’ns with pirate and Celtic music, will also entertain throughout the weekend.

The village will be filled with strolling performers and vagabond pirates all throughout the day, waiting to abscond with a small child (only temporarily!) or harass a male or female passerby (no discrimination, everyone gets hassled)  —just your typical medieval village and pirate havoc.

Attendees will be able to wander around both parks and enjoy artisans with various products including clothing, jewelry, handcrafted goods, soaps and lotions, children’s activities and many more items. Participants can also enjoy delicious food or raise a goblet with fermented spirits.

Costuming for youth and adult attendees is encouraged. If staff members at your business would like to dress in costume and be seen throughout town to promote the festival, it would be a great promotional technique for the event, fun for the employees and a change of pace.

Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for children, and wee ones are free.

If you would like to volunteer at the festival, or need further information, contact Stacy Kirby at the Chamber at 264-2360.

Performance schedule

Friday:

11 a.m. — Gypsy Players.

Noon — Sir Mark Logsdon.

1-2 p.m. — Circus Workshop.

2 p.m. — Cannon firing.

2:30 p.m. — Sir Mark Logsdon.

3:30 p.m. — The Storyteller.

4:30 p.m. — The Gypsy Players.

5-6 p.m. — Belly Dance/Circus workshop.

Saturday:

11 a.m. — Sir Mark Logsdon.

Noon — Gypsy Players.

1-2 p.m. — Circus Workshop.

1 p.m. — Rakassah Jabal.

2 p.m. — Cannon firing.

2:15 p.m. — The Big’ns.

4 p.m. — Sir Mark Logsdon.

4:30 p.m. — The Gypsy Players.

5-6 p.m. — Belly Dance/Circus workshop.

6 p.m. — The Big’ns.

Sunday:

11 a.m. — Sir Mark Logsdon.

Noon — Gypsy Players.

12:30-1:30 p.m. — Circus workshop.

1 p.m. — Rakassah Jabal.

1:30 p.m. — The Storyteller.

2 p.m. — Cannon firing.

2:15 p.m. — The Big’ns.

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