Yay, we are going to this, this year. I did not know about it before now. If you need something fun, and educational to do in the Gainesville area, check out the Medieval Fair. School day is February 5th, and admission is half price on that day. Be sure to get your application in for school day, by January 15, 2010. For full details, and links go to their website, here.
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The Alachua County Fairgrounds is transformed into a bustling medieval marketplace for the 24th 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 30-31 & February 5-7, 2010 . 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 Robin Hood and his Merry Men battle the forces of evil 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. Ad-mission is $14 for adults, $7 for children ages 5-17 and free for children under 5. On Friday, February 5th tickets are half price.
Meet this year’s Hoggetowne Characters at the Thieves’ Guilde’s Website, the Greenwood Morris Dancers and the Maypole, Birds of Prey, Society for Creative Anachronism, and the jousters.
Pets are not allowed inside the Faire.
There will be no wheelchairs available for rental.
Due to limited parking on site a shuttle bus service will be provided at no cost every 15-20 minutes from off site parking. Follow the signs to additional parking.
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* Festival Information
* Merchant Application
* Volunteer Program
* School Day Program
* School Art & Essay Contest
* Directions & Hotel Sponsors
* Faire Sponsors
* Photo Gallery
* Email Us
Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 30-31
& Feb. 6-7, 2010 from 10-6
Friday, February 5 from 9:30-3
$14 for adults — $7 for ages 5-17
Friday admission is half price and discounted prices for school groups
Advance ticket sales at local Gator Domino's Pizza locations.
Alachua County Fairgrounds
2900 NE 39th Ave, 32609
Next to the Gainesville Regional Airport on SR 222
From I-75 northern most Gainesville exit - Exit 390. Head East, follow signs to Gainesville Regional Airport. The fairgrounds are located on the left, right before the airport.
City of Gainesville
Hoggetowne Medieval Faire
Sta. 30, PO Box 490
Gainesville, FL 32602
Phone: (352) 393-8536
Fax: (352) 334-2249
The City of Gainesville
Division of Cultural Affairs
Linda Piper, Events Coordinator
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