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Renaissance Festival celebrates 20 years
Fest kicks off in Huntersville Oct. 5
 
Published Tuesday, September 17, 2013 2:00 pm
by Michaela L. Duckett

Introduced in 1994, the Carolina Renaissance Festival approaches its 20th year of bringing medieval cheer to the metro-Charlotte region.

Nearly 190,000 attendees are expected to travel through time to experience the fictional village of Fairhaven during the festival at 16445 Poplar Tent Road in Huntersville.

The Renaissance Festival runs from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday (rain or shine) from Oct. 5–Nov. 24.

The festival’s artisan marketplace mimics 16th century architecture and features over 100 merchants, crafters, and artists that create, demonstrate and sell handmade wares. 

The atmosphere will be fantastical whimsy as the 11 outdoor stages and performance settings burst to life with non-stop theater, comedy, music, dance, magic, circus entertainments and exciting falconry demonstrations. Hundreds of costumed villagers fill the lanes with additional entertainment as festivalgoers enjoy an array of country fair games, people-powered rides and feasting fit for royalty.

The festival’s signature attraction features medieval knights on horseback jousting three times daily in the queen’s tournament arena.

In addition to the popular festival antics, celebrations for the 20th anniversary include guest performances by four variety acts visiting from around the globe and performing on stage for a limited time. Their Majesties’ special guests include:   

·       The Duke of Danger. This family-friendly show features unique and ill-advised acrobatic stunts combined with good-natured humor and physical comedy. 

·       MooNiE the Magnificent.  A renaissance clown that surprises adults and children alike with exceptional juggling, daring adventures, and intelligently sophomoric comedy – all without speaking a word.

·       The Checkerboard Guy.  A high-energy comedy and prop-centric variety show that turns audiences of all ages into heroes. 

·       Broon.  A lovable “bad boy” that combines wit and conversational comedy with tricks and stunts.

Also new this year is the addition of a second vehicle access on NC-73 to improve patron entry and exiting. 

“We are always looking for ways to improve the Festival experience for our patrons and for the community that has grown around us over the past two decades.” said festival producer, Jeff Siegel.  The Festival, in partnership with sponsor Harris Teeter, will continue to offer free event parking.

Advance discount tickets are available at $21 for adults and $11 for kids ages 5-12 at Harris Teeter Stores region wide. Children under 5 are always free. Tickets purchased at the gate are $1 more, or print your own online at renfestinfo.com. Seniors ages 60 and over and military discount tickets are available at the gate with adults at $19 and $9 for children ages 5 – 12. 

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