Third annual Ren in the Glen Renaissance is on July 26-27

By Kelsie Hoitomt

GLENWOOD CITY – Coming back to the area for a third straight year is the Ren in the Glen Renaissance Faire on Saturday, July 26 and Sunday July 27.

After two successful seasons, the weekend long faire has continued to grow, adding more vendors and performers to entertain visitors at the Renaissance-Medieval-Fantasy Faire.

The Faire itself is set in a idyllic glen bordered by wooded hills. The Renaissance transports its guests back to a legendary time of knights, kings, fairies and dragons with musicians, dancers, jugglers, magicians, puppets and even a fire circus in the mythical village of Thornberry.

A few of the returning entertainers include the Fandazzi Fire Circus, Pizpor the Magician, Barry the MacEwan’s songs of Scotland and Ireland and Dans Askina Turkish Belly Dance Ensemble.

Ren in the Glen was the inspiration of owner Cory Schroeder and is made possible through the talent of his friends and members of the Midwest Renaissance Actors Guild.

The Guild provides the characters, personalities, street performers and entertainers who enthrall visitors as they stroll through the faire.

Those who wish to attend the faire are encouraged to fully experience the event by dressing up in a costume that fits the Renaissance times.

Visitors are invited to feasts, sing, dance, shoot arrows, meet the King and Queen and take on the armored knight in single combat.

There is a variety of food and beer for sale as well as did stands with jewelry, trinkets and clothing.

The faire runs all day Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine with a $7 price for admission at the gate or a $5 ticket price if they are purchased in advance on the website (www.renintheglen.com). Children 12 and under are free and parking is free as well.

The faire is located at 1442 Dunn St. Croix Road, between Glenwood City and Downing.