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Georgia Renaissance Festival starts Saturday
by Christine Fonville
April 15, 2014 02:33 PM | 1489 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Katherine Frye. From left, Roxie the gargoyle and Nissa Blue Bell the water faye at the Georgia Renaissance Festival.
Staff / Katherine Frye. From left, Roxie the gargoyle and Nissa Blue Bell the water faye at the Georgia Renaissance Festival.
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South Fulton residents and visitors can take a trip back in time starting Saturday at the 29th annual Georgia Renaissance Festival on Virlyn B. Smith Road in Fairburn.

Running every Saturday and Sunday until June 8 plus Memorial Day, the event boasts about 150 unique artisans and craftsmen, entertainment, food and beverages the entire family can enjoy.

Director of Marketing Dave Dorrell said the festival continuously attracts people from all over the Southeast every spring.

“Georgia’s Renaissance Festival started in 1986 and has grown in popularity since it first began,” he said. “We usually see about 150,000 people in the eight weekends we are open and operating.”

Although last year’s festival was challenged by rainy weather, Dorrell said he hopes warmer temperatures and new features, like a hookah tent and mead brewed by an Atlanta company, will draw out the crowds this year.

Live entertainment like jousting, a birds of prey show and comedy remain some of the favorite features of the festival, he said.

“This year we’re offering premium joust seating so visitors can sit on the field and be very close to the action,” Dorrell said.

“Thousands of options” for dining, he said, also attract the crowds.

“The running joke is that all of the food is on a stick at Renaissance events,” Dorrell said.

Weavers, potters, glassblowers clothing makers and leather workers will offer handmade items like jewelry, swords and toys for sale and may demonstrate their craft techniques as well.

Liam Helms, owner of the Pirate’s Cove, said shoppers can expect a wide variety of swords and other pirate-themed memorabilia plus entertainment.

“We love to talk to people about pirates and the historical aspect behind what we do,” Helms said. “At about 4:30 [p.m.], we also do a big auction at the ship to bring out and sell all kinds of special items and to give away a lot of cool stuff.”

Tickets can be purchased any day of the festival at the front gate, but discounted tickets can be purchased online or at any Walgreens location.
For more information and to purchase tickets, call (770) 964-8575 or visit www.garenfest.com.

If ye go:
What: The 29th Annual Georgia Renaissance Festival
When: Every Saturday and Sunday through June 8 and Memorial Day
Where: Virlyn B. Smith Road in Fairburn
Cost: $22 per person, discounts for children and seniors, online and at Walgreen's
Time: Gates open at 10:30 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.

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