The “Des Moines Renaissance Faire” is back after a short hiatus! It is the original and family-friendly festival, established in 2004, and produced by the people that have been bringing Renaissance Festivals to Des Moines since 1993. Located near Saylorville, this is a welcome addition to the faire at Sleepy Hollow, giving more opportunities to vendors, entertainment, and patrons! With 70 acres of land available, the new location will surely grow into a spectular village.
An exciting new event took place at Sleepy Hollow Sports Park, called Kingdom of Wizardy. The Wizarding Academy educated us in our chosen school of magic, Nature School. Our itinerary consisted of Magical Beasts with Professor Samuel Hain, Potions with Professor Potus, and crafting our own magic wand with Professor Stanleey. Most importantly, we learned how to harness the natural world to help defeat Lord Darkstone…Dun…Dun…Dun!
A refreshing bubbly drink was welcomed after receiving our diplomas and insignias, at which time we had the great pleasure to meet Headmaster Villane. Other highlights of the day were seeing the Weasley’s flying car – the 1966 Ford Anglia, watching a Quidditch match, and getting up-close to a Eurasian Eagle Owl!
Nearly 100 hot air balloons painted the Iowa sky with brilliant colors during the National Balloon Classic in Indianola. The crowd cheered on skilled pilots as they competed for points and prizes, enjoyed live music, and were awestruck as dark skie came alive with a mystical glow during Dawn Patrol and Nite Glows. Kids Land, fireworks, fabulous food…we experienced all of this and so much more!
The final weekend at the Renaissance Faire at Sleepy Hollow was invaded by Pirates and Wenches. It was a time for the legends of the sea, and for Land-lubbers to beware.
It was Kilts and Lucky Lasses Weekend at the Renaissance Faire at Sleepy Hollow! From the Highland Champions to the archers of Sherwood Forest – be thee Scot, Welsh, Cornish, Irish, English, leprechaun, elfin, or faery – all were welcome and left a lasting impression for years to come.