Maryland Renaissance Festival

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Maryland Renaissance Festival
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Jousting at the Renaissance Festival
Genre Renaissance fair
Dates August – October
Location(s) Crownsville, Maryland
Inaugurated 1977
Attendance 15,800 daily, 300,000 season (average)
Area 25 acres (100,000 m2)
Stages 10
Website
www.marylandrenaissancefestival.com

The Maryland Renaissance Festival is a Renaissance fair located in Crownsville, Maryland. Set in a fictional 16th-century English village named Revel Grove, the festival is spread over 25 acres (100,000 m2). The second largest renaissance fair in the United States,[1] it is open from the last weekend of August and runs for nine weekends.

History[edit]

The fair was first held in 1977 in Columbia, Maryland. Penn and Teller and The Flying Karamazov Brothers performed at the first event.[2] In 1985, the fair was moved to its current location in Crownsville.[2] The festival was originally an Elizabethan fair, but in 1989 switched to being focused on Henry VIII of England.[2]

Fair[edit]

The English Tudor village is 25 acres (100,000 m2) of woods and fields. There are more than 130 craft shops and 42 food outlets.

More than 1,300 participants populate the village, 400 work directly for the company, 700 for the other vendors and 200 as performers on stages or as characters throughout the village. Maryland utilizes eight major theaters and four smaller stages in taverns and a children's area and a jousting tiltyard with seating for 3,000.

The fair contains an elephant and camel that groups of fairgoers pay to ride. In 2014, Joan Jett, speaking on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, wrote a letter asking that the rides be cancelled because of exploitation and abuse associated with using animals in this fashion.[3] Born Free USA also protested on a road outside the fair.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Greenwood, Arin (2012-09-25). "Maryland Renaissance Festival 2012: Cheesecake On A Stick, Costumes, Catapult Demonstrations". Huffington Post. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Korol-Evans, Kimberly Tony (2009). Renaissance Festivals: Merrying the Past and Present. McFarland,. pp. 25–26. 
  3. ^ "Joan Jett Urges Maryland Renaissance Festival to End Elephant Rides". October 1, 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Gillespie, Paul W. "Maryland Renaissance Festival". Capital Gazette. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 

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