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Susan Wood, Tribune staff writer

The Renaissance Festival may be revived next year – possibly at the same place but with a different producer.

But like many things, nothing is set in stone.

Organizers are optimistically taking steps to bring the event back June 5, 6, 12 and 13 to Camp Richardson Resort, which, as of Tuesday, has not confirmed hosting the event.

South Lake Tahoe City Councilman John Upton announced the event’s return at Tuesday’s council meeting.

The popular event was staged off Highway 89 for two summer weekends for a decade. But the Tahoe Tallac Association’s desire to extend it another weekend last summer was met with resistance. The resort and U.S. Forest Service were unable to accommodate the group’s wishes. Last spring, an eleventh-hour effort to save it failed and the festival was canceled.

Enter Kiwanis Club of South Lake Tahoe – which recently agreed to organize the event at Bijou Community Park. Kiwanis members expressed continued interest if an agreement is not met with Camp Richardson. At the very least, Kiwanis would like to have a booth.

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Kevin Patterson, whose parents own a West Shore home, started a festival north of Los Angeles 40 years ago. He pledged to bring back a “completely authentic” event through his Novato company, As You Like It Productions.

Patterson said Tuesday he approached the resort with the idea. He’s promising jousting as a key event, along with a predatory bird demonstration by the Falcons Court based in Concord.

“We’re excited to come to Camp Richardson. The entertainment will be better than ever,” Patterson said, adding he expects the event to pull a profit.

The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit announced support for the return of the event on the El Dorado County site.

“We are pleased that a suitable operations plan for the Ren Faire at Camp Richardson has been submitted that satisfies the needs of Camp Richardson Resort and the Forest Service,” spokesman Rex Norman said.

Camp Richardson needs the nuts and bolts worked out before signing onto the event.

“Options are still being considered,” Camp Richardson spokeswoman Missy Springer said.

-Susan Wood can be reached at (530) 542-8009 or via e-mail at