Ohio Renaissance Festival

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Ohio Renaissance Festival
Genre Renaissance fair
Dates August - October
Location(s) Harveysburg, Ohio
Inaugurated 1990
Attendance 165,000 (average)
Area 30 acres (120,000 m2)
Stages 12

The Ohio Renaissance Festival is an annual event that takes place on weekends from late August through October.[1] This Renaissance festival is held at a permanent site located near Harveysburg in Warren County, Ohio. It was voted Best Festival in Warren County in 2011.[2]

The Ohio Renaissance Festival first opened its gates in 1990 in between Harveysburg, Ohio and I-71. Over the 25 years the site has been opened, it has grown into a 30 acres (120,000 m2) permanent village with over 100 shops and 12 outdoor stages. The festival is set in the fictional 16th-century English village of "Willy Nilly-on-the-Wash," during the reign of Elizabeth I. Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Francis Drake, Sir John Hawkins and John Dee are a few historical figures that reside in Willy Nilly, along with some not so historical but very much entertaining residents. The festival features costumed performers on stages and in the streets, craft shops selling and demonstrating period themed handcrafted goods and artwork, renaissance themed food, and regularly scheduled comedy, music, and acrobatic shows. Featured shows include Theatre in the Ground, jousting with the Knights of Valour and Shane Adams (the host of Full Metal Jousting -an American reality television jousting themed show.[3]) DaVinci Bros. Comedy Opera, Dirk and Guido: The Swordsmen! and the Kamikaze Fireflies (the duo that were featured on America's Got Talent).

The performing cast including the Queen and her entourage along with representatives from each festival shop make a parade circuit through the fairgrounds once a day.

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  1. ^ Hunter, David (2003). Day Trips from Cincinnati: Getaways Less than Two Hours Away (7th ed.). Globe Pequot. p. 256. ISBN 0762727497. 
  2. ^ Kochersperger, Bridget. "Fall Festivals in Warren County Draw a Crowd with Apple Pies, Sauerkraut and Turkey Legs". Ohio's Largest Playground. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Bourdeau, Annette. "'Full Metal Jousting' Host Shane Adams: 'It's The Next Extreme Sport'". Huffington Post. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 

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