VASSAR — After a long cold winter, the Enchanted Forest is coming back to life at the Mid-Michigan Renaissance Festival. The event, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, is set to kick off again on June 9 and will be open weekends through July 1 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine, at its location on Frankenmuth Rd. in Vassar. In honor of its 10th anniversary, the event has a great deal in store, including a new stage, new structures, new performers, vendors and much more.
Owner Toni Knoll, who helped to kick off the first Mid-Michigan Renaissance Festival in 2008, says that the gathering has grown each year since and is looking forward to another great summer. The reason for the development of this this festival was to provide a more flexible experience for merchants, staff, entertainers, playtrons and patrons. Mid-Michigan Renaissance Festival strives to provide an enjoyable experience for everybody.
“The people involved with our renaissance festival, rennies, as we say, are a very family oriented group,” said Knoll. “They all stick together and help each other however they can. They come out to the location and camp and work on everything, building stages and booths and things. They all work very hard to put on a great festival every year.”
The location of the Mid-Michigan Renaissance Festival, which is found at 7464 Frankenmuth Rd. in Vassar, covers almost four wooded acres and transports visitors to a fantastic time of lore and legend. The Enchanted Forest is home to a number of historical and fantasy characters, a variety of entertaining stage shows, many different shops, a food court full of delicious food, a real working tavern and the Children’s Knoll, which is full of games, activities and crafts for the whole family.
Along with the Enchanted Forest, a parking lot of approximately 12 acres ensures that there is plenty of room for hundreds of visitors every day. And all of those attendees are sure to stay entertained, as Knoll explained that this year’s festival is sure to be the best yet.
“We’ll have entertainment including gypsy dancers, a pirate and wench band, a folk and country band, food, approximately 40 vendors, theatrical combat, a magician and juggler, an aerialist and so much more,” said Knoll. “I’m really looking forward to this year’s festival, and I know everybody that’s involved is very excited, too. We look forward to it all year.”
Knoll encourages visitors to stop by the new Enchanted Forest booth and pick up a special edition 10th Anniversary Enchanted Forest T-shirt, and take your little prince or princess to the Children’s Knoll to join the queen for tea and snacks in a royal picnic. Also, in honor of the festival’s 10th anniversary, the Mid-Michigan Renaissance Festival will host a drawing for a weekend getaway, affording the winner a one night stay at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth in a standard or deluxe guest room; four putt-putt Passes at the Bavarian Inn Lodge; a Family Four Pack Weekend Pass to the Mid-Michigan Renaissance Festival; and a $100 Visa gift card for dining. Second place will receive a Family Four Pack Weekend Pass to the Mid-Michigan Renaissance Festival and a $50 Visa gift card.
For more information about the event, including theme weekends for this year’s festival, visit their website at www.midmichiganrenfest.com.