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Florida Renaissance Festival 2008
Pictures & videos from the 2008 Florida Renaissance Festival held at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach, FL.

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Playhaven Village Entrance

 
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'08 Ren-Fest Sponsors

 
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Free Schedules & Programs

The Florida Renaissance Festival is a fun, educational, and family friendly event that takes place each year at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach.

We attended the 2008 Florida "Ren-Fest" which was the 16th annual occurrence of this event and also our first time at any type of Renaissance faire.

The 2008 Florida Renaissance Festival took place on every weekend from February 9th to March 9th and also one school day which was 2/18/08.

Visitors were welcome in "Playhaven Village", which was set in the 16th century, from 10am to 6pm during every day of the festival.

The price of admission for one day was $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, $7 for students, and free for children aged 6 to 12.


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Vendors & Artisans

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Mad Cow Horn Company

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Body Oil Massage Candles
If you want to save a few dollars on your adult admission, there are a variety of options. We picked up a few of the specially marked Florida Renaissance Festival Mountain Dew soft drink cans at our local 7-11 store which we presented for $3 off per adult admission ticket. To get a discount you could also buy $10 worth of groceries at Albertson's ($3 off), buy a 6 or 12 pack of Warsteiner Beer ($3 off), buy your tickets at Community Bank of Broward for $16 ($4 off), take Broward County Transit Route # 14 to get a $4 off coupon. There are also discounts at the box office for senior citizens (over 65) and military (with ID).
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The Gypsy Dancers Stage
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Gypsy Brass Brand
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Gypsy Girls Dancing
Quiet Waters Park is located at 401 South Powerline Rd in Deerfield Beach, FL 33442. The Florida Renaissance Festival is organized by Bobby Rodriquez Productions, which also puts on the Florida Cajun Zydeco Festival. The corporate office is located at 800 NW 57th Place in Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309. You can reach the Florida Renaissance Festival staff by phone at 1-800-3-REN-FES or (954) 776-1642.
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Roma People Costumes
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Nomadic Travellers
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Romani Culture

As we walked around the Florida Renaissance Festival we noticed that there were many roaming performers wearing elaborate costumes. Just a few that I saw included pirates, wizards, witches, magicians, beggars, wenches, sword fighters, minstrels, court jesters, knights, squires, and a variety of medieval townspeople.

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Gypsy Belly Dancers
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In addition to the many ambiance performers wearing renaissance period costumes there were 12 stages featuring musicians, acrobats, jugglers, magicians, comedians, trapeze artists, dancers, and Japanese Taiko drummers.
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Kid's Kingdom
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Catapulting Critters Game
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Children Playing In Castle
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Giant Rocking Horse Ride
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$3.00 Per Person + Tips
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Trapeze Performers Stage
Besides just watching the hundreds of talented performers you could also get involved and test your skills. Some of the visitor participation games were axe throwing, spear throwing, fencing, darts, crossbows, and a rope ladder climbing challenge.
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Juggling Bowling Pins
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Climbing Trapeze Ring
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Trapeze Artists Swinging
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Souvenirs of the Realm
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Archer's Field
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Archery: 12 Arrows $4.00
Over in the Royal Kitchen area of the Florida Renaissance Festival, there was a surprisingly large selection of food choices. Just a few of the tasty options included turkey legs, Italian sausages, pizza, pasta, arepas, pinchos, gyros, funnel cakes, hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, soft serve ice cream, roast pork, shis-k-bobs, roasted corn cobs, blooming onions, chocolate cake, bangers & mash, fish 'n chips, lasagna, strombolis, and meat pies. If that wasn't enough, there was also the option to join the King's Feast in the Royal Feast Hall for a 5 course banquet with live entertainment and free souvenirs.
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Lady Spice Performer
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Dastardly Darts Game
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The Royal Kitchen


 
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Royal Privies
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The Tudor Stage
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Barely Balanced Act
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Acrobats Performing
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Acrobatic Act
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Turkey Legs & Lemonade
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Barrel of Bedlam Ride
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Crusader's Crossbows
The Florida Renaissance Festival is a great place to take your children since they have a special area set aside for them called The Kid's Kingdom that has rides and kid sized castles. There was also a dragon jousting ride, a swinging barrel ride, a human powered carrousel swing ride, Da Vinci's Hurlinator centrifugal force ride, and a giant rocking horse ride.
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Souvenirs Shop Tent
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Pirate Kettle Korn Tent
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Bearded Wizard Roaming
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Flying Carrousel Ride
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Wax Hands $6.00
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DaVinci's Hurlinator Ride
If you're into souvenirs, there was a great selection of items from the merchants and artisans at the Florida Ren-Fest. A few of the goods for sale under the tents included colorful corsets, clay pottery, wooden toys, hammered pewter, metal sculptures, medieval clothing, candles, temporary tattoos, scented oils, incenses, ocarina flutes, wax hands, blown glass art, swords, medieval weapons, and renaissance period clothing.
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Temporary Tattoo Shop
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Corsets By Casta Diva
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Corn & Blooming Onion
To see and hear the sights and sounds of the Florida Renaissance Festival, click on the link below. The movie file is encoded in the Windows Media Video (WMV) format, runs about 2 minutes long and has a file size of 22 megabytes.

2008 Florida Renaissance Festival Sights & Sounds Video Clip

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Games & Roses Tent
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Beer Garden Stage
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Blacksmithing Demonstration
I also created video clips of both the Gypsy Dancers Performance and the Jousting Knights Show. To stream the movies, just click on the preceding links. If you'd like to download the video files, right click on the links and choose "Save Target As" or "Save Link As" depending on which internet browser you are using.

Gypsy Dancers Performance Video     Knights Jousting Tournament Show Video

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Open Fire Cooking
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Dwarvesong
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Angel Sword Weapon Shop
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Crown Stage Peformers
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Wild Orchid Apothecary
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Glass Blowing Demonstration
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Blown Glass Art Pieces
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Heating Glass In Kiln
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Spectators Watching
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Spinning Hot Glass
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Scrimshaw On Crystal
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Oils & Incenses Shop
The 2008 Florida Renaissance Festival was sponsored by Comcast, Broward County Florida, Pepsi, Albertsons, Warsteiner Beer, Broward County Transit, Cabot, Van Dee, Community Bank, the city of Deerfield Beach, and Beringer Vineyards.
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Quiet Waters Park Lake
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French Braids
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Clay Ocarina Flutes
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Medieval Pirates
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The Story of Chivalry
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Swashbuckling Swordsmen
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Tomato Torture Game
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Birds of Prey Display
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Saker Falcon
We had a really good time at the Florida Renaissance Festival and we plan on going back next year in 2009 for the 17th annual event. If you live in Palm Beach or Broward County, I highly recommend a visit. There will also be an additional Florida Renaissance Festival to be held in Miami-Dade County in 2009 for the three weekends between March 21st to April 5th.

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