Organizers of the 2018 Shadow Renaissance Festival are over the top about the array of activities and attractions they will be bringing to the Hopkins County Civic Center complex on July 27-29. Featuring not only professionals jousting demonstrations, there will also be acts like a Falconer group with Birds of Prey, a flame performing troupe and a belly dancer troupe, the Pirate Magician, Ron Deeny Escape Artist and The Blacksmith Ogre. Other attractions will include a Dragon’s Lair with axe throwing and sword fighting, and the visiting Scottish Court of Scarborough Fair. Also on the grounds, local ATA members will host a Battle Ring with foam sword fighting activities for kids. The festival will cover the arena and outdoor grounds. The first day, Friday July 27 has free admission for the public. Tickets are on sale now for Saturday and Sunday indoor Jousting games and Nobleman’s Feast and professional outdoor attractions. Saturday and Sunday tickets are reasonably priced for all ages and range from $10 to $50. The $50 VIP tickets include Noblemen’s Feast, Jousting Games and all-day access to all the attractions. Advance sales on VIP tickets end July 22. Tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce, at One Stop Sign Shop and at shadowrenfest.com Additionally, advance tickets can be purchased on Friday July 13 at BackStory Brewery and on Saturday July 14 on Celebration Plaza.
Marion Cox, co-Director at Shadow Ranch Therapeutic Riding Center, knows that Renaissance Fairs are very popular through the Springs and Fall seasons in Texas, but are not typically held in the summer. She says that sponsor donations are entirely funding this major event for the community, and that is why they are passing along the free day on Friday and discounted admission for the rest of the weekend. Proceeds from ticket sales will be used for operating expenses, expansion and the Literacy program introduced in 2017. Shadow Ranch is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of kids and adults with disabilities and/or debilitating situations in their lives and to make a positive difference in the lives of our staff, volunteers and community. Find out more about the riding center on Facebook or shadowranchtrc.blogspot.com