The Renaissance Festival in Michigan puts on a spectacular show of an era that transformed the world. At this festival, living in the past is required. With the abundant vendors, clothing, replica weapons, food, drinks and many other items, can aid in blending in at the festival. This festival is like no other. Its open for over a month and returning to the past, time machine not required, is simple.
There are several shows such a joust, magic shows, comedy, drunken actors stumbling on the dirt paths and for the children rides that require manual labor either performed by the riders or the employees.
The festival begins on August 21 until October 3, 2010 from 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. daily. Here are a list of special events each week that are a must see.
***August 21 & 22, 2010 – Royal Ale Festival***
During these days there will be Beer Sampling, Tattoo Contest, Vow Renewals, Eating and Fencing Competition and a food drive. Anyone with a valid motorcycle license will receive on free admission ticket only if one is purchased, so bring the wife / husband or girlfriend / boyfriend.
***August 28 & 29, 2010 – Highland Fling***
The Canadian Highland Heavy Games will begin with Caber Toss and Stone Put, its a must see event. The celebration of the Celtic village will also take place with a history lesson about the Scottish including a Scottish Dance Competition. The other events are Beer Tasting, Horseshoe competition, and for those who love their spouses – free vow renewals and the rest of us can pretend nicely.
***September 4, 5, & 6, 2010 – Buccaneer Beer Fest***
This weekend pets are invited for the pet fest. Owners of pets are taught nutrition, demonstrations of training animals and don’t forget to buy pet food from the vendors. Among the pet fest there is also a pirate contest. If the pirate lives within your soul, dress up, talk and walk the part. Win the pirate contest. Other activities include Beer Baron Brewing Brawl, Microbrew Sampling, All you can eat contest, and of course free vow renenwal.
***September 11 and 12, 2010 – Wonders of the World***
Come observe the Michigan State Bocce Ball Tournament and delight your senses with a sampling of the world market featuring master artists presenting world treats and don’t forget to taste the food too. For the middle easterns and others you enjoy watching the art of belly dancing, come watch the dancers battle it out for during the competition. Other events include wine tasting and of course free vow renewals.
***September 18 and 19, 2010 – High Seas Adventures***
For people who love ribs, this is the place to be. The 2nd Annual Buccaneer BBQ Competition with local restaurants and chefs BBQ their own special ribs. Come taste perfection. Other events going on this weekend are Beer Tasting, Rock Climbing and Eating Competitions, Press-A-Wench! and you guessed it renew your vows.
***September 24, 2010 – Festive Friday***
This day is dedicated to school children including college students. Prices are reduced. College Students: $9.00, Students in grades 7-12: $6.00, and Students in grades K-6: $4.00. Kids under five years old are always free. So feel free to bring along the little brother or sister. Other events going on – no vow renewal, hurray.
***September 25 and 26, 2010 – Harvest Huzzah***
Featured arts and crafts from all vendors and experience the food from local vendors. The 4th Annual Michigan State Longbow Tournament will also take place this weekend. The prize to the winner for the Longbow Tournament is Champion Archer of Hollygrove. Other events include Wine Tasting, Eating Competition, Free Vow Renewals and the Grape Stomp.
***October 2 and 3, 2010 – Sweet Endings***
The 10th Annual Chocolate Festival will offer free samples to all who attend. Local businesses and bakers will battle for the Chocolate title. The Juggling Competition will offer the competition to children whom are under thirteen and adults who are over thirteen. Other events associated with the final weekend, free vow renewals, Grape Stomp, Wine Tasting, Charity Wine Auction, and an Eating competition.
Attend the Renaissance Festival and have a great time reliving a part of our history. Admission Prices are: Adults – $19.95, Children – $10.95 and Seniors / Students – $17.95. The festival is located at 12500 Dixie Highway, Holly, Michigan. If more information is needed, please visit the site http//wwwmichrenfest.com or by telephone which is (800) 601-4848. Discounted tickets are available at Walgreens and Krogers.
Don’t be lazy, go and enjoy yourself as the employees dazzle the crowd as they mimic the Renaissance Era. Have fun, eat, drink, buy clothing to be prepared for next year and play the part as well.
Specific dates and events were listed on www.michrenfest.com