Events

March 7, 2014

Renaissance festival holds something for everyone

Tags:
Senior Airman JASON COLBERT
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Adam “Crack” Winrich blows on his fire whip during the Adam Crack whip show at the Arizona Renaissance Festival in Apache Junction. Winrich holds nine Guinness world records to include the longest whip ever cracked (216 feet long) and the most two-handed whip cracks in a minute (420).

Hear ye, hear ye! Gather ‘round and attend the towne crier! Come one and come all! The king and queen cordially invite ye to visit the Kingdom of Fairhaven! Fun and festivities for the whole family!

2014 marks the 26th Annual Arizona Renaissance Festival. The festival is seven miles east of Apache Junction on U.S. Highway 60 and will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays to March 30, rain or shine.

The Renaissance Festival contains many things, ranging from a medieval amusement park, to a jousting tournament and a feast, all rolled into one nonstop, day-long family adventure.

Tickets can be purchased in advanced at Fry’s Food Stores statewide at a discounted price of $20 for adults, $10 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for children to age 4. Tickets purchased at the festival box office are $2 more. Discount tickets for seniors, 60 and older, are $19 and are only available at the festival box office. Admission includes free parking, all entertainment shows, including the jousting tournament and the Birds of Prey show. Attendees may choose to purchase arts and crafts items, food or beverages, or enjoy rides and games, though costs vary.

The festival draws patrons from all over the state of Arizona with its family friendly atmosphere.

“I go to the Renaissance Festival because it’s a chance to travel back in time for a bit and experience the renaissance culture,” said Tech. Sgt. Laurie Snyder, 56th Fighter Wing Command Post training manager. “Of course modern times get mixed in, but it’s fun to be a part of something so different from the world we live in today. I think this is our fourth year going to the Arizona Renaissance Festival, but we attended several festivals while stationed in Germany.”

For some, part of the fun in traveling back in time is to dress the part. For those who’d like to participate, costumes are also available for rental at the Costume Shoppe located behind the box office prior to entrance to the Festival. Prices vary based upon costume choice. Costume swords and daggers are permitted as long as they are properly sheathed and peace tied. It is advised to wear comfortable shoes. And no, medieval garb isn’t the only costume one may see. Don’t be surprised if a ninja, a pirate or a Viking was to be seen wandering the paths. There have even been sightings of … creatures not from this planet.

“Half the fun in going is playing a part and really getting into it,” Snyder said. “I’ve gone as a fairy, but I usually dress as an Irish Princess. Knowing the common courtesies, such as bowing when the King and Queen walk by, brings a realistic element to the fantasy.”

People needn’t worry about getting around the festival. The festival is held in a natural, outdoor setting. Wheelchairs and motorized wheelchairs are allowed. There is disabled accessible parking, disabled accessible portable toilets and special seating at the jousting arena. Strollers, wheelchairs, wagons, and motorized scooters are available to rent on a first-come, first-serve basis at the costume rental shop located just outside the festival main gate.

Mystery and magic abound at the Renaissance Festival. Fairies, knights, kings and queens — like something straight out of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Why, the magical creatures even may find their way home with festival goers.

“Last year I purchased a ‘fairy cat’ to sit on my shoulder,” Snyder said, “which moves when I discreetly pull/push on a cord. I love watching the look on children’s faces when they realize that it’s moving. Several times I saw them collide with their parents because they couldn’t look away. Then they drag their parents over to see and ask me if it’s real. And since I’m dressed the part, I’m usually asked if they can take my picture with their kids.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Courtesy photo

EOD called out for expertise

Courtesy photo The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team recovers military ordnance July 4 from the rubble of a burnt down building at an auto repair facility in Phoenix. The Luke EOD team recovered nume...
 
 

Strong followers challenge authority

It’s not surprising that when I tell subordinates to challenge authority, I often get a look of confusion. Admittedly, this is a step used to provoke thought. Obviously, we don’t need subordinates undermining their leader’s authority. My intent is not to create insubordination — it is to underscore the importance of strong followership. Great leaders...
 
 

Travel access, opportunities not to be ignored

Possibly one of the greatest and overlooked gifts we have in the military is our ability to travel. More often than not, we are stationed at bases around the world where we have the access and opportunity to travel and see the local sites. However, it happens way too often that we ignore those opportunities....
 

 
Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann

Thunderbolt joins elite Thunderbirds

Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, took this photo March 15 during Luke Air Force Base’s Open House and Air Show. She had no idea at the time that just a few months later she would b...
 
 

News Briefs July 25, 2014

Wanted: Airmen selfie videos The Air Force wants to hear from Airmen with unique stories about what led them to the Air Force, who are proud of their job and how it impacts the Air Force mission, or work in an exceptional unit. The 2014 American Airman Video Contest is open to all Airmen who...
 
 

Thunderbolt of the Week

Airman 1st Class Anna Valdez 56th Contracting Squadron Contracting specialist Hometown: Moscow Years in service: One Family: Husband, Phil; mother, Natalia; and father, Oleg Education: Russian State University of Trade and Economics bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics Inspirations: My parents demonstrated excellence and success in a loving environment, taught me to never give up...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin