Hoggetowne Medieval Faire 2012
Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, February 5, 2012 at 6:00 PM (EST)
The Alachua County Fairgrounds is transformed into a bustling medieval marketplace for the26th Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire. Come be swept away by medieval magic as troupes of actors, street performers and musicians journey back to the days of yore on January 28-29 & February 3-5, 2012. Revel in the sights and sounds of one of North Central Florida’s premier events.
Join the crowd and cheer for your favorite contender as mounted knight’s joust in full plate armor on the tournament field. Applaud street performers who dance, juggle and jest for your amusement. Listen to minstrels playing period music and enjoy continuous live entertainment on eight stages. Browse through the bustling medieval marketplace for that perfect gift or trinket.
Watch and enjoy as Eleanor of Aquitaine matches wits with her Husband Henry II in a strategic living chess match, or test your own skills in games of chance, strength and skill. Watch and learn as more than 160 artisans demonstrate their skills in blacksmithing, weaving, leatherworking, woodcarving, pottery and much more. Indulge in a feast fit for a king in our food court, where you can find sweet potato fries, bloomin onions and our famous giant turkey legs.
The Faire is the perfect place to bring even the youngest members of the kingdom. Children delight in visiting the royal pavilion, where they will become lords and ladies of the court of Hoggetowne. Indulge not only your children, but also yourself with rides on a camel, pony or even an elephant. Human-powered push rides further add to the authentic medieval fun.
Faire hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays and 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday. Admission is $14 for adults, $7 for children ages 5-17 and free for children under 5. On Friday, February 3rd tickets are half price.
Pets are not allowed inside the Faire.
There will be no wheelchairs available for rental.
There will only be a front gate this year. Shuttle buses will be provided from off site parking. If you arrive at 10am when the gates open then all the entertainers will be up front to meet and greet you and parking will be available at the front gate.
The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department
www.CityofGainesvilleParks.org / 352-334-5067.
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