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Renaissance Festival offers good old time

Larkspur event pleases crowds in its 39th season

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With only a few weeks left, the Colorado Renaissance Festival in Larkspur was full of visitors on a recent day.

On July 12, several hundred were adorned in fairy wings, wizard cloaks and even pirate peg legs, snacking on turkey legs and throwing back mugs of beer — all in the spirit of making magical memories.

The fest's animals were a main attraction.

With endangered cat shows throughout the day, crowds “awed” over watching panthers and tigers climb on beams to swat at what looked like kitten toys. Camels, llamas and elephants gave rides to people of all ages. White horses beamed down the jousting arena as they were applauded.

Dozens of rides kept little ones busy while the jousting tournament went on. People gathered around the arena to see knights battle, which even led to a sword duel on foot with Sir William, Lord of Whitehall, claiming victory.

The 39th season means a busy time for all who work at the festival, but it didn't stop ladies and lords from charming the crowd with “Renaissance speak.” Those who need to take out a little aggression paid to thrust tomatoes at a rennie's face, while others sat back and relaxed while watching The Kamikaze Fireflies juggle fire.

The Renaissance Festival, located 650 Perry Park Ave., is open Saturday and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. For its last weekend, a Fare Thee Well & Mardi Gras Carnivale is set to take place on Aug. 1-2 to celebrate King Henry's 525th birthday and mark a memorable wrap-up to the 39th season of the festival.

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