Monday, January 25, 2016

Medieval amusement park brings knights to life

Longing for childhood days of make believe?
Mythic heroes slaying dragons, sea maidens coming out of the sea, steel clad warriors jousting atop mighty steeds and knights in shining armor saving damsels in distress.
This can all be found at the Arizona Renaissance Festival, scheduled for eight consecutive weekends beginning Feb. 6 on Highway 60 east of Apache Junction.
There is definitely something for the children and the child in all of us to be found at the Faire.
Arizona’s annual festival is one of the largest in the nation, held in its fanciful European style village constructed on a 30-acre site just below the foothills of the Superstition Mountains, east of Phoenix.
This is where you’ll find theater, circus, an arts and crafts fair, acrobatics, a jousting tournament, people-powered Mini Pirate Ship Ride for Sale, and a feasting — all rolled into a non-stop, day long family adventure.
Merchants hawk their wares, selling everything from clothing to custom ceramics. Observe in awe at the demonstrations displaying skills of blacksmithing, jewelry making, glassblowing and pottery throwing. Over 200 artisans are housed in the market lanes filled with whimsical storybook shops.
There are 13 open-air stages where you can listen to raucous music and roaring comedy.
Catch the swordplay and wordplay of festival favorites Don Juan and Miguel. It’s hard to miss the wild antics of The Tortuga Twins (three unrelated men in tights), and more than amusing to decipher Zilch the Tory Steller (the misspelling, like his miss-speaking is intentional).
On or off the stage you are bound to rub shoulders with delightful characters. Don’t miss the-The Living Fountain!
A variety of food and drink is available to satisfy your appetite; bread bowls, stews, steak-on-a-stake, roasted chicken and so much more. In the midst of this enormous feast you’ll find the king of festival foods — the huge roasted turkey leg. Tempt your diet plan with desserts from the Monk’s Bakery, the Cappuccino Inn or the Chocolate Shoppe. Pubs serve beers, wine, mead and soft drinks to quench your thirst.

Guests young and old will revel in the magic and mystery upon seeing the newest attraction at the Faire; Living Mermaids, witness the wonder of these lovely, elusive and charming sea fairies of the deep. A festival favorite with children is Mother (and Father) Goose brought to life, with costumed ducks and geese, Maggie, Mimi and Matilda. Click this link:
Kids will cheer for their favorite knight at the 5,000-seat jousting arena or try their hand at archery.
Children delight in the return of a falcon, the king of sports, at the Falconer’s Heath. Kids also love riding the people-powered Da Vinci’s Steam ship, the Swan Swing, Christopher Columbus’ “Voyage to the New World,” the Slider Joust, as well as the Piccolo Pony, a rocking horse bigger than an elephant.
In addition to the people-powered rides, the Festival offers interactive games like the dragon climbing tower, the castle siege, Jacobs’ Ladder, a maze and an archery range. Kids will surely be asking for a hat, wand, garland, wooden sword, shield, or to have their face painted, or to make a sand dragon.Leading theme park technology company Lagotronics Projects have announced a new partnership with Ride Entertainment, one of the industry’s best known sales companies, to serve the North American theme park industry.

Lagotronics Projects combines the best quality Mini Pirate Ship Fair Ride prices and technology in the world with audiovisual products, lighting and games to create innovative and high quality solutions providing great guest experiences across the attractions sector.

Ride Entertainment, a world leader in providing thrilling rides to the attractions industry, have expanded to serve every sector of the attractions industry, including sales, financial partnerships, installations, proprietary thrill rides based and operations.

Commenting on the announcement, Mark Beumers, CEO Lagotronics Projects, said, “I’m extremely pleased with this promising partnership. Both companies have many commonalities and will strengthen each other tremendously. I believe this partnership will have many advantages. Not only for ourselves, but for the whole theme park industry!”

Adam Sandy, Ride Entertainment’s Chief Business Development Officer, added, “We have been looking to add a technological component to the portfolio and are thrilled to partner with Lagotronics Projects. Their combination of innovation, technology and reliability are why we feel their potential is limitless.”

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