Scarborough Renaissance Festival Unveils the Mysteries of Mermaids in 2013

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Scarborough Renaissance Festival unveils the mysteries of sirens of the seas with the opening of its newest attraction – Mermaid Lagoon. Mermaid Lagoon will feature the Captain of the seas and lovely mermaids that will captivate the young and old with their enchanting song.

The 33rd Annual Scarborough Renaissance Festival opens April 6th and will run eight consecutive weekends (and Memorial Day Monday) through May 27, 2013.

Scarborough Renaissance Festival is great family fun, 16th Century style. When guests pass through the gates, they enter the world of King Henry VIII- a time of music, merriment and mirth. Within Scarborough’s 35-acre re-created English village, visitors enjoy the thrill of full combat jousts and falconry demonstrations, laugh and cheer at the non-stop Renaissance entertainment on 21 stages and the hundreds of costumed performers throughout the festival, including King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn. They discover exquisite crafts in over 200 village shoppes and are amazed by artisans demonstrating the lost arts of glassblowing, sword making, metal works and more. There are also many activities just for the kids, such as the daily Knighting Ceremony, Renaissance Rides, Amazing Maze and Human Chess Match just to name a few.

Visitors can also take a break from the excitement to delight in Food Fit for a King with festival favorites like the giant roasted turkey legs, steak-on-a-stick, handmade pastas, Scottish eggs, meat pies, salads and delectable pastries from Scarborough’s very own bakery. There are also nine pubs and taverns and for the more discerning pallets, there are daily wine tastings in the all New Vinery arbor at the Cat & Fiddle Tavern, featuring different wines each weekend. The wine tastings require a separate ticket that can be purchased in advance. Free private club membership is required to purchase alcohol at the festival.

“We are proud to be the most unique entertainment venue and family event in North Texas”, says Coy Sevier, General Manager, “We offer an exceptional, one-of-a-kind experience for our visitors and are consistently considered one of the best entertainment values available in the Metroplex”.

2013 Special Events:
-April 6 & 7                            Opening Weekend - Children’s Free and Seniors discount weekend
-April 13 & 14                     Legends of the Sea – Mermaid Lagoon’s official grand opening and children’s Mermaid and Pirate costume contests
-April 20 & 21                     Highland Games Competition
-April 27 & 28                     Royal Ale Festival
-May 4 & 5                            Celtic Weekend
-May 11 & 12                     Renaissance Romance Weekend –Royal Tea with the Queen and Wedding Vow Renewals
-May 18 & 19                     Treasures of the Realm
-May 25, 26 & 27                Final Knights – Memorial Day Veterans tribute

New Entertainment for 2013:
-Jacques ze Whipper (April 6 & 7) Whips, knife throwing, fire
-Kamikaze Fireflies (April 20 – April 28) Acrobats – former member of the “Flaming Idiots”
-Rondini (April 13 & 14) Magician & master escape artist
-Saxon Moon (April 6- April 28) An instrumental Nordic group of musicians with influences ranging from Scandinavian Folklore to hits of Mediterranean World Music
-Magical Mystical Michael (May 4 – May 12) A montage of mirth, mystery & magic; he’s not your typical magician

Scarborough Renaissance Festival is open on Saturdays, Sundays and Memorial Day Monday, April 6 – May 27, 2013, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Located in Waxahachie, Scarborough is just 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex off of I-35E at exit 399A. From Austin or Waco, follow I-35E north to Exit 399.

Admission is $24 for adults and $10 for children, ages 5-12 . Children age 4 and under are admitted free. Parking is free compliments of Waxahachie Autoplex. Tickets are available on-line and discount tickets can be purchased at Dallas/Fort Worth area Tom Thumb or Austin area Randalls stores. The festival is sponsored by Dr Pepper.

For more information please contact Helaine Thompson 903-814-5044 or visit

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Scarborough Renaissance Festival is great fun for the whole family, 16th Century style set in the days of King Henry VIII! Enjoy the thrills of full combat jousting and falconry demonstrations, non-stop Renaissance entertainment on 21 stages, over 200 craft shoppes, amazing artisan demonstrations, Renaissance rides, food fit for a king and the all NEW Mermaid Lagoon! You can even meet King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn along with their royal court and merry villagers! So come step back in time, for the time of your life weekends and Memorial Day Monday April 6th – May 27th . Just 30 minute south of Dallas/Ft.Worth in Waxahachie. Discount tickets at Tom Thumb.

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