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“Renaissance Faire Returns to Council Bluffs”
The region gets a new ‘family fun fest’ with the inaugural MIDLANDS RENAISSANCE REVEL & Pirate Fest, this September 22-23rd.
It has been more than a dozen years since Council Bluffs hosted a popular celebration of European history. The original Renaissance Faire of the Midlands was one of the longest running such events in the country up until discontinuing, to the disappointment of many.
This new festival will serve as the Fall version of the Nebraska Renaissance Faire, which takes place in April at Riverwest Park in the Elkhorn area.
With a different spin on utilizing ‘edutainment’ to present various facets of the Medieval and Renaissance world, there will be room for pirate, baroque and steampunk themed activities. It will showcase a taste of most everything you’d experience at the Kansas City Renaissance Faire. For example, the featured show will be the equestrian stunt team Joust Evolution, which has been the headliner jousting act at both the Kansas City and Des Moines renaissance faires.
This year, the event will be produced by its founder, Gregory Schmidt of Iowa-based Festivals International. Next year, it will be produced by Midwest Festivals with Mike Amos at the helm. Schmidt will, then, be involved in development of the CASTLE SIEGE comedy movie series.
The Midlands Renaissance Revel will establish itself at Westfair on east Hwy. #6. Unlike the old Renaissance faire set-up, which concluded it’s long run there, this one will be placed up-front on the commons green space. This layout will allow the use of new buildings and structures for both indoor and outdoor activities.
The well-groomed grounds will have room for six stages rotating numerous professional acts, three living history encampment groups, plus a variety of historic lawn games and skill games.
The indoor-outdoor food court and beer garden will be next to the artisan merchant village. Many of the visiting artisans and merchants will come to town from the regional Renaissance faire circuit.
The event’s activities and hands-on demonstrations are specifically designed to engage all age groups.
Admission is $12 for adults with an $18 two-day pass, $5 for kids from 5 to 15 with children free. Parking will be free.