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The Scarborough Renaissance Festival is back in Waxahachie through May

The naughty leprechaun taunts passersby.
The naughty leprechaun taunts passersby.
Kena Sosa

The Scarborough Renaissance Festival has been revived once more every weekend now until May 26th at the fairgrounds in Waxahachie, just south of Dallas.

One might ask what could possibly be new at a festival celebrating life centuries ago, however, the answer might surprise you. This is only the second year that the Festival displays the antics of mesmerizing mermaids at the Mermaid Lagoon, bantering from their water tanks and posing for photos.

Classic entertainment is still front and center with witty remarks, taunts, and jests from street performers and vendors. Yet, as is normally the case, the shows steal the spotlight. From the well-known Axl the Sot and his dirty musical act to be enjoyed while gnoshing on bulging turkey legs and frothy suds, to the laughter-inducing antics of the Don Juan and Miguel Show, and the jousting tournament, there is much to be seen as well as chortled at around the fairgrounds. Not to mention the jugglers, dancers, and whip-crackers that line the stages and draw in the crowds.

For those who came to learn about life during the Renaissance, Hollow Earth Swordworks gives free lessons on the use of the sword in front of the shop for adults and children. Sprinkled throughout the fairgrounds there are candle-making demonstrations, blacksmith demonstration, book print making and plenty of shopping. That's enough to build up a hearty appetite for festival-famous foods like peasant bread, crepes, and anything you can think of on a stick.

Themed weekends are also a big hit this year. May 3 and 4 will be Legends of the Sea Weekend, May 17 and 18th will be Renaissance Romance and Chivalry Weekend, and finally on Memorial Day weekend the festival will close out with a salute to knights and veterans.

The Scarborough Renaissance Festival is open Saturdays and Sundays though May 26th from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Adult tickets are $22 online or $24 at the door. Children from ages 5 and up are $10. Children ages four and younger are free. Make a visit this weekend and have a jolly good time at the fair.

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