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Monday, February 12, 2007

The Renaissance is alive and well

The Renaissance is alive and well in Apache Junction, Arizona. This year’s festival marks the 19th year that the two-month festival has been around. People come from all over to spend a day at the 30-acre festival to see the jousting tournaments, a falconer, the comedy troupes, giant turkey legs and $5 ale.

The revelers enjoy the escape to a different reality for a little while. Most go in costume to get the most out of their experience, the festival also boasts stages of continuous live entertainment, an outdoor circus, a medieval arts and crafts fair, a jousting tournament with performances each day, and a day-long feast.

Aside from the dressing up and watching jousts, people go for the wares that are often available at these festivals. This one is no different. For those that like trinkets, the Renaissance Fair is the place to look. There are vendors selling jewelry and various arts and crafts items. On the weekends, artisans come in and demonstrate their crafts sell their wares. During the week they replenish their stock when the crowds aren’t there.

Admission to the fair is $20 but offers a variety of activities from sightseeing to shopping, from face-painting and hair-braiding to camel rides and axe-throwing contests. This year the Arizona Renaissance Festival will be open February 10, 2007 through April 1, 2007.

If you're going to this or any other Renaissance Festival, be sure to check out Annie's Costumes before you go.

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