Michigan Renaissance Festival – A Reenactment of History

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By Pollux Parker.

The Michigan Renaissance Festival gives a reminiscent historical experience of theatrical and musical acts, music, handicrafts, and costumed performers such as in the time of King Henry VIII or 18th century pirates.

This festival is held yearly on weekends of August to October in Holly, Michigan. The festival has different themes every weekend such as the Highland Fling, Buccaneer Beer Fest, Wonders of the World, High Seas Adventure, and Sweet Endings. The Highland Fling will give you a taste of a wide array of authentic Scottish activities. There are Scottish music and traditional dances one can join in.

You can also show off your skills in the Peasant Olympics, Great Kilt Race, and the Battle of the Bartenders. The Buccaneer Beer Fest, as the name implies, is when you can enjoy a lot of frothy ale. A treasure awaits those who will join the Jack Sparrow look-alike contest and Swab the Deck game. The High Seas Adventure is a pirate theme. You think you have the perfect scoundrel skills? Then the Perfect Pirate Contest is for you. Walk the Plank Game and Drag Race are other available games where one can win a bounty of treasure. A six-course gourmet is available at The Feast of Fantasy, which includes an interactive show and a keepsake goblet. Visitors can also indulge themselves in The Royal High Tea that offers a variety of delicious finger sandwiches, scones, tarts, and Lipton tea. Of course, there’s an array of finest entertainment as you enjoy your sandwiches and tea.

The Full-Contact Armored Jousting must not be missed. Feel the thrill and excitement of what could be almost the real deal of jousting. The Wonders of World theme has a lot of events and activities that will make you feel as if you have traveled around the world. Enjoy the mystical intrigue of belly dancing, sample foods and wines from around the world, learn the art of origami, and even make a sugar cube castle. The Sweet Endings theme is for every chocolate lover. It is an annual Chocolate Festival with games such as the Sweets Stroll and Chocolate Pie Building and Eating contest.

Other than the aforementioned events of every theme, there are many more activities and entertainment. A whole day might not be enough with more added every year. Merchants selling flowers and herbs, leather wares, fiber art, and clothing and costumes among others are also available in the grounds. The Michigan Renaissance Festival is definitely a must-visit for everyone.


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