Renaissance Festival starts this weekend |

Renaissance Festival starts this weekend

The year is 1580 and you are transported back in time to a country faire at Yorkshire, England. Experience for yourself this world of Renaissance England at the ninth annual Valhalla Renaissance Festival at Richardson Wood on June 2 and 3 and June 9 and 10. The festival will be open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Richardson Wood, located in Historic Camp Richardson Resort is three miles north of South Lake Tahoe on State Route 89.

Admission for the Valhalla Renaissance Festival is $10 general, $6 seniors, $4 children 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and younger. Tickets are available in advance through, South Lake Tahoe and Tahoe-Douglas chambers of commerce, Camp Richardson Resort and the Tahoe Tallac Association. No dogs or other pets are allowed in the festival. There will be a free park and ride service from South Tahoe High School and the snow park. Parking is available at Camp Richardson for $5. The Nifty Fifty Trolley will provide continuous service from Stateline with a $1 admission discount given with proof of using public transportation.

In the year 1580 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I rules this fine land and the annual county faire held among the pine trees provides good lords and ladies the chance to trade goods, call on friends from neighboring shires and celebrate the spring harvest. In addition to the good Englishmen this country faire brings tradesmen from the neighboring Scotland, German mercenary soldiers, Danish nobles, Austrian Hapsburgs, gypsies, barbarians and even Ottoman traders from the Middle East.

Hoist your tankard and experience the peasants, merchants, barbarians, soldiers, lords and ladies in authentic costumes who recreate a true Elizabethan country faire. Wander down the lanes of the festival and sample savory dishes, fine wyne and ale. This year the faire has expanded and there will be even more merchants selling their wares such as handcrafted jewelry, period crafts, clothing and historic weapons. Continuous entertainment of musicians, magicians, jugglers, country dancers, belly dancers and one-act plays take place at three stages located inside the faire.

Take part in the amusement of games such as archery, javelin throw and fencing. A daily highlight is the jousting tournament and the grand joust in which knights on horseback clash for their honor and the Lord Mayor’s purse. There’s something for everyone at the festival.

The Valhalla Renaissance Festival continues to gain popularity with the residents and visitors to Lake Tahoe. The event is sponsored by the Tahoe Tallac Association, a nonprofit arts organization, and Camp Richardson Resort. Part of the proceeds will go toward cultural arts program of the Valhalla Arts and Music Festival, sponsored by the Tahoe Tallac Association, the largest arts organization in El Dorado County. Events at the Tallac Historic Site assist the U.S. Forest Service in restoring the site, which features three turn-of-the century estates that are open to the public. The Tallac Historic Site, adjacent to Camp Richardson, is the site of the Valhalla Arts & Music Festival.

For more information about the festival call (530) 542-4166 or (888) 631-9153. For lodging and camping information call (800) AT TAHOE.

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