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A Cast of Dozens Returns for Annual Florida Renaissance Festival.

Festival Celebrates Its 17th Anniversary in South Florida

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. -- Hear ye! Hear ye! As the winter solstice wanes, brave squires and beautiful wenches draw their attention toward a yearly rite of spring filled with merriment, jousting and wizardry. The Florida Renaissance Festival, the only Renaissance festival in South Florida, returns for its 17th year beginning Saturday, February 7th at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach. Seen by more than one million people in South Florida, this 16(th) Century production features more than 100 costumed performers, 12 stages with continuous entertainment and 20 stage acts from around the world. There will be five themed weekends of family fun that runs through March 8.

"There is nothing like this in South Florida," said Bobby Rodriguez, executive producer of the Florida Renaissance Festival. "The festival features mystical characters, jousting, live entertainment, food and arts and crafts. We expect this to be another great year for the festival, as old favorites return with new and exciting acts on hand to delight our guests."

This year's five themed weekends will include:

* Celtic Weekend - Kiss the Blarney Stone - kicks off the festival - Feb 7 & 8

* Romance Weekend - Days and Knights of Wine and Roses - Feb 14, 15 & 16

* Pirates Weekend - Pillage of the Village - Feb 21 & 22

* (New) Wenches weekend - Bodacious Bodices - Feb. 28 & March 1

* Fantasy Weekend - Suspended Between Myth and History - Mar 7 & 8

During the five themed weekends, guests will enjoy jousting tournaments three times a day, hearty food and rides and games for children that include the World's Largest Rocking Horse, Giant Chess, Barrel Rides, and games of strength and skill.

The festivities will feature historical reenactments, sword fights, magical illusions and an abundance of authentic fare from freshly made kettle corn to roasted giant turkey legs, which can be washed down with a swig of mead or ale.

The Florida Renaissance Festival is produced by the national, award-winning Bobby Rodriguez Productions and strives to create an entertaining and cultural opportunity by making Renaissance history come to life for both children and adults. The sponsors of the Florida Renaissance Festival include Warsteiner Beer, Community Bank of Broward, Broward County Transit, Pepsi, Forum Publishing Group and Comcast. The event is hosted by Broward County Parks and Recreation Department.

The Florida Renaissance Festival will be open weekends from 10 a.m. to sunset (including, Monday Feb 16, President's Day, one school field trip day). Prices range from $20.00 for adults and $7 for children ages five to 12 years old and children under five are free. Special Royal Recession season pass tickets are $45 (SAVE $24). Pre-show discount tickets are available online through http://www.ren-fest.com
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