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When the Good King Henry turns back the clock at the start of the Colorado Renaissance Festival, he transports Larkspur to a 16th century that looks a little different than history might say. First, the festival evokes the 16th century of Europe more than the 16th century of Colorado. And second, there are fairies fluttering about. But these fantastical elements don't draw ire from history buffs—in fact, they incite straight-up delight. That's because they add up to one thing: spectacle. Read on for a few other sights and sounds to expect.
- Jugglers and maidens and minstrels, oh my: The first thing you'll probably notice is the sheer number of costumed entertainers wandering through the grounds and interacting with visitors. Expect kings, peasants, and even fire-breathers.
- A feast fit for royalty: Clear your plate for turkey legs, steaks on a stake, and king's sausage, as well as some time-bending menu items such as pizza and a cup full of mini cookies.
- A real-life knight's tale: A Renaissance fest just wouldn't be complete without jousting. During three daily competitions, noble knights and their brave horses will crash into each other before exchanging insurance information.
- Big (and small) cats: The Endangered Cat Show will thrill crowds with up-close looks at black panthers, an Amur leopard, and a lynx.
- Handmade wares: More than 200 vendors will be on hand to sell clothing, costumes, weapons, pottery, and even shoes. Plus crowds can see live demos of blacksmithing and glassblowing.