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Hoggetowne Medieval Faire: Time Travel to the Renaissance for a Day

Jan 02, 2017 01:46PM ● By Martin Miron

The 31st annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire will grace the Alachua County Fairgrounds for two weekends on January 28 and 29, as well as February 3 through 5. At this popular event, visitors can expect to mingle with medieval magic, jousting knights, dancing gypsies and historic heroes. Reduced price tickets are available on February 5.

 

With more than 160 talented artisans that travel across the country to display and sell their traditional wares. Fairgoers can find one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry, stone and wood carvings, blacksmithing, weaving, hand-blown glassware and leather goods. They can also shop for medieval clothing. Patrons can get their hair braided, glimpse into the future at a fortune teller’s booth, create wax hands or purchase colorful, one-of-a-kind wax roses.

 

Troupes of actors, musicians and street performers bound while crowds cheer for armored knights as they joust on the tournament field. Nine stages of continuous entertainment feature majestic performances of full flight falconry, aerial acrobatics and unbelievable magic acts. In conjunction with this year’s theme of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen of Hearts, the tournament field will host a stunning show of combat entertainment during a living chess match.

 

At the food court, visitors can enjoy a feast fit for a king. Tasty blooming onions, fresh-baked pastries, sweet potato fries, giant turkey legs, homemade ice cream and succulent ribs are just some of the foods available for famished lords and ladies.

 

Children can embark on an adventure to the royal pavilion, where they will become lords and ladies of the court of Hoggetowne, or they can enjoy camel and pony rides. Adults can join in with more than a dozen old-world games like archery and knife throwing.

 

Admission is $17 for adults, $7 for youth 5 to 17 and free for children under 5. Tickets may be purchased at the gate or in advance at the Thomas Center, Domino’s Pizza or online at HoggetowneFaire.com.

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