Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Get it on the fun at the Michigan Renaissance Festival

The Festival is on a mission to discover the best beards in all of the seven seas (Flickr/Loren Kerns).

Got a beard? It could be worth a pirate’s treasure at the Michigan Renaissance Festival taking place in the Village of Hollygrove.

“The Festival is on a mission to discover the best beards in all of the seven seas, asking contenders to showcase their facial follicles in the annual free beard competition,” according to festival organizers. Participants can enter one of several categories including longest, grizzliest, most unique and best trimmed beards for a chance to win great prizes provided by BeardHead.

Ladies with a competitive streak and a tattoo can also win their share of the Festival’s treasure in the annual free tattoo competition. Categories will include best color, best black and white and best overall tattoo.

Festival goers – be they bearded or clean-shaven, men, women or children, will find a host of great acts on the 16 stages in the Village of Hollygrove. A new treat for attendees this year is The Vodka Family on Treetop Stage – a theatrical troupe that performs a variety of gypsy dances, drumming and comedy.  Look for the Vodka Family shows each day at 11 a.m., 12:45 and 2:30 p.m. All of the shows including the troupe’s fire show at 5:15 p.m. are held on Treetop Stage. Vodka on the Rocks – which features a blend of belly dancing and sword balancing along with ye old hip-hop on the streets dancing is held at 6:15 p.m. near the front gate.

People love the characters at Michigan Renaissance Festival.
Those looking for Renaissance Festival treasures will find a shipload of vendors at the festival’s special events area known as the Valley of Aberdare including Tudor Crafts, Olde World and the Pirate Shop. Whether it’s a pirate’s hat and shirt or a maiden’s necklace, the Valley of Aberdare’s merchants are sure to have it.

New to this year’s lineup of competitions is the First Annual Mural Competition. The nautical-themed murals created by more than 60 artists from across the state line the walls of the Festival’s Mermaid Lagoon area.

There is good reason this is the 36th season for the Renaissance Festival. The music, acting, costumes, contests – and food – did we mention the great food – makes it an event that Michiganders and their neighbors look forward to every year.

The Festival is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (rain or shine) weekends through September 28, plus Festival Friday, Sept. 26. Admission at the gate: $21.95 for adults; $12.95 for children 5-12; children age 4 and younger free. Advance discount coupons are available at participating Kroger, Walgreens, Menards, Goodwill and Costco. Subway and Dunkin Donuts also carry discount coupons. Free parking is provided by Al Serra Auto Plaza.

The Michigan Renaissance Festival is located at: 12600 Dixie Highway, Holly. For more information visit michrenfest.com

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