Saturday, June 2, 2012

Highland Renaissance Festival Kicks Off This Weekend

There's really nothing like Renaissance Fair. From the accents, ale, and period costumes to the giant turkey legs that are nearly as big as your head, a Renaissance Fair transports you back hundreds of years. Whether you come in costume or not, you're likely to see plenty of folks dressed up in their best fairy, pirate, or other fantasy finest. The long-running Highland Renaissance Festival kicks off this weekend in Eminience, Kentucky which is located in Henry County, about 50 minutes from Louisville and 1 hour 15 minutes from Lexington.

The schedule for the 2012 Highlands Renaissance Festival is as follows:

June 2nd & June 3rd 2012 – OPENING WEEKEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Come one , come all, and join us as we open the gates of Briarwood for the 7th Annual Highland Renaissance Festival. Come help us Welcome our new joust troup “Roundatble Productions” to the Highland Renaissance Festival. Opening Weekend Discounts ~ 2 Adult Day Passes for $20.00 or a Family 4 Pack (2 Adult & 2 Child Day Passes) for $30.00.
June 9th & 10th 2012 – AAARRRRGGGG!!! PIRATE WEEKEND!!
Set Sail for a Swashbuckling Weekend of Pirate Shenanigans!! Children 12 & Under receive FREE admission(must be accompanied by paid adult) with a canned good or non-perishable item to be donated to the local food bank.
June 16th & 17th 2012 –MASQUERADE & Father’s Day Weekend!!
Come see who’s behind the Mask! What a better way to spend Father’s Day Weekend then to step back in time and enjoy some good family fun!!! All Father’s get Free Admission with paid Child.
June 23rd & 24th – STEAMPUNK, Magic & KABOOM!!!!!!
We welcome for ONE WEEKEND ONLY, Medieval Scientist DR. KABOOM!!!!! Bring your imagination for a Family Fun filled weekend!
This is also STEAMPUNK WEEKEND!!! $2.00 off gate admission if dressed in Steampunk Attire…. and even a Steampunk Costume contest!!
June 30th & July 1st 2012 – Tournament Weekend!!
Bring on the Cheer!! Tournament Weekend is one not to miss!! Come cheer on your favorite Knight to win Knight’s Champion, enjoy the Heavy Athletics Competition, featuring champion Kerry Overfelt, and the Traditional Archery Tournament (open to the public), there will be fun for the entire Family!!
July 7th & 8th 2012 – Celtic Weekend!!
As we bring the 2011 Highland Renaissance Festival to an end, Lets celebrate Celtic Style! We welcome back the high action, pulse peddling Celtic & Roots music that ignites the stage with the Fiery Celtic sounds of MAIDEN’S IV!!!
Over seventy vendors and merchants will be set up selling their wares. When I was in high school, my drama club went to the Ohio Renaissance Festival every year and a big hit was the wax dipped hands and there will be a booth set up among the Main Street Artisans and Merchants. You can also get your face painted, have a caricature drawn, or get a henna tattoo! Or head over to Briarwood Forest for a tarot reading. There is something for everyone at the Highlands Renaissance Festival. There are even games of skill and chance and hand powered rides like King's Swing.

Daily performers either have fixed sites or roam the grounds providing entertainment to the masses. You might recognize a couple of familiar faces from Forge Con this year in Drunk & Sailor. The awesome pirate duo will be rocking the boat with their sea-faring songs. Lucky audience members may even get pulled up on stage to be part of their crew! Listen to their music here. You can also find jousting demonstrations, magic, and a children's story time.

The Highlands Renaissance Festival looks like it will be a great time! Hopefully I'll be able to head up there sometime this summer.

Highlands Renaissance FestivalKentucky Renaissance Festival, LLC
955 Elm St

Eminece, KY 40019

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