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34th Scarborough Renaissance Festival opens April 5

King Henry welcomes visitors to Scarborough Renaissance Festival
King Henry welcomes visitors to Scarborough Renaissance Festival
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The fun begins Saturday, April 5, 2014 as Scarborough Renaissance Festival® opens its 34th season. The festival’s King Henry VIII is looking for a new queen, and visitors are invited to come experience unforgettable adventure with new performers, new mermaids, crafts, shoppes and, of course, food fit for a king.

Located in Waxahachie, the festival is 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex on FM 66 off of I-35E at exit 399A. From Austin or Waco, follow I-35E north to Exit 399.

Discover Scarborough Renaissance Festival’s® newest special event, “Breakfast with Royalty”, which takes place on Saturday, April 5, at 11:00 a.m. Children of all ages (and their parents too) can have an intimate visit with Scarborough’s Royal Court while enjoying a scrumptious breakfast. Seating is limited, so it’s best to purchase tickets in advance

New for 2014, adult visitors at least 21 years old can enjoy twice daily Beer Tastings at the Dirty Duck Pub. The tastings will feature a special selection of craft beers from around the world and a food paring.

Meet the mermaids in the newly expanded Mermaid Lagoon, and enjoy new 2014 performers Deante’ Fettuccine (the spaghetti juggler), Dr. LeRue (magic with a twist) and the Ginger Juggler along with their perennial favorites like the full combat jousting, Birds of Prey, Don Juan and Miguel, Daniel Duke of Danger and Tartanic (bagpipers) on 21 stages and in the lanes throughout the festival.

Children can attend the festival free all weekend of April 5 and 6, up to three children with each paid adult. Seniors (65 & up) get in for $12 all weekend –half the regular adult rate.

“People often ask what’s so special about Scarborough Renaissance Festival® and my answer to them is that we create a totally different world that allows our guests to escape to a place without cell phones, electronics and the hectic non-stop pace of the 21st Century” says Coy Sevier, General Manager. “That combined with the most unique entertainment, a huge array of one-of-a-kind shoppes, artist demonstrations and great food – we think it’s the best festival you’ll ever attend”.

The 34th Annual Scarborough Renaissance Festival® will run every Saturday and Sunday and Memorial Day Monday, rain or shine, from 10 AM to 7 PM for eight consecutive weekends through May 26, 2014. It provides interactive fun for everyone, 16th Century style with 21 stages, hundreds of costumed characters, 200 Shoppes, artisan demonstrations, Renaissance Rides, games of skill, and plenty of food.

Adults: $24; $10 for children, ages 5-12 Parking is free compliments of Waxahachie Autoplex. Tickets are available on-line and discount tickets can be purchased Austin area Randall’s stores. Discount coupons can be found at Long John Silver’s and Waxahachie Autoplex.

Information courtesy of Helaine Thompson.

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