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ISSUE 116 VOL 2 PUBLISHED 9/20/2002

The revels of the Renaissance Festival

By Anna Grelson
Contributing Writer

Friday, September 20, 2002

Huzzah! Huzzah! Come one, come all to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival where the revelry never ends and chivalry lives on! It is a land of exotic enchantments, of mystical magic, and of foolery and finery! The Minnesota Renaissance Festival, founded in 1971, is indeed a magical world all its own. With 12 stages featuring everything from fire-eating clowns to insane chickens, and over 270 booths offering the finest crafts in the land, it offers delights for every age. Nestled in a spacious 22-acre field just off Highway 169 in Shakopee, the Festival, open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends and Labor Day, rain or shine, is a myriad of events and spectacles. For the cultured lord and lady, a variety of entertainments await. From bawdy versions of "Little Red Riding Hood," to magical, but killer, rabbits, the festival offers many options for those of more mature dispositions. For the young princes and princesses there are also many options. Climb the castle wall and slay the dragon in the magical Childrens Realm and explore all the rides and games available by the Pirate Ship. If a snack becomes necessary between watching jugglers hurl flaming torches at each other and enjoying the mud-hurling wenches, a banquet of options is available. The finest delicacies from around the world, including the infamous giant turkey legs, are freshly prepared every day. If mere street fare is not enough to satisfy a lordly hunger, make reservations for the Feast of Fantasy. Enjoy eating with their Majesties, the King and Queen, as you are served a dazzling seven course meal, and amused by a scintillating two-hour show. Though the Festival itself is indeed a splendid spectacle, each weekend features a thrilling special event. For the weekend of September 21-22, through the primary sponsorship of Arbor Mist, a gala of free wine and spirits has been prepared for the lord and lady who, by the law of the land, are permitted to indulge. On the weekend of the 27-29, woo a lovely lady during the Weekend of Chocolate and Romance. Win lovely prizes, and perhaps a kiss, during the Wooing Contest. Test your skills against the finest in the land in a pie- eating contest, and make sure to visit the Childrens Realm for the Cookie Decorating. For $16.95, and mere pittance for the lords and ladies of the land, passage to this land of enchantment may be bought, but hurry! For on the stroke of seven on the 29th, the magic will end, and all will fade, until next year anyway.

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