• History of Willy-Nilly: Watermelon vs. Pumpkin War

    Amid the quirky village of Willy-Nilly lies a rich history that is brought forward from season to season, resulting in some of the festival’s greatest traditions. One of the most noticeable and memorable is that of the Watermelon vs. Pumpkin War, a highly contested battle between the sweet fruits of summer and the hearty gourds […]

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  • PIRATES: Cutthroats & Crewmates

    I’ve never known anyone who didn’t have a pirate phase. Maybe it’s because Pirates of the Caribbean came out in 2003 when I was just about eighteen, which makes it all the more surreal that eighteen years later there is a PotC 6 in the works. I remember being obsessed with that movie and the […]

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  • Preview Day & Meet the Cast

    “We know what we are, but know not what we may be.”–Hamlet, William Shakespeare There was a flurry of activity from dawn till dusk, all in preparation for Labor Day weekend when the festival will return from the hiatus of 2020. Each season brings forth new goals and challenges for the folks of the Ohio […]

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  • The Lights 2021

    As Renaissance Parks opens itself up as a venue for third-party events, I find myself thoroughly enjoying all of the opportunities it presents for outdoor entertainment. This year we had the return of the Lights, a lantern release ceremony that holds multiple concerts throughout the US. These festivals are a great opportunity for people to […]

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  • Stupendous Times with 20th Century Circus

    I am thoroughly enjoying the plethora of events that have been gracing the grounds of Renaissance Parks this summer! It feels like I have spent almost every weekend up there with one experience or another pulling in my attention, providing me with plenty of stories to share with all of you. But it’s far more […]

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  • Celtic Fest Ohio 2021

    Flood Waters & Faire Folk I consider myself an unusually lucky person. I get to do what I love for a living, spending my weekends at Renaissance Parks, going to concerts and festivals, writing articles, and spending time with some of the most amazing and heartfelt people I have ever met. That is a rare […]

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  • Return of the 1572 Roadhouse Bar-B-Q and The Summer Concert Series

    It’s time again for dust on your boots and barbecue between your teeth! The 1572 Roadhouse Bar-B-Q opened its doors for the 2021 season to bring us a summer full of great food and fun activities. If you managed to get a table last Thursday then count yourself lucky. They were bursting at the seams […]

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  • Memories From a Very Happy Holiday in Our Yuletide Village

    For the last three weekends, the grounds of the Ohio Renaissance Festival opened itself up for a splendid display of lights and revelry to bring us together for the holiday season. This was the Ohio Renaissance Festival’s first go at a winter festival and I have to say it turned out to be the perfect […]

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  • Jolly Entertainment To Be Had at Yuletide Village

    It was beautiful weather last weekend, giving everyone the chance to dress in garb or in street clothes without getting too cold. The limited capacity event was nicely spaced and gave the guests plenty of time to enjoy their surroundings and visit everything. With the second week of Yuletide Village neatly tucked under the tree […]

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  • Inaugural Yuletide Village Weekend

    The chill of winter has settled into the air. The fire pits crackle merrily in the lanes. The glow of lights dance like fairies from every tree and trellis of Willy Nilly! From the gates to the pubs, everyone is ready to experience the joy of the season by visiting the Yuletide Village, Season of […]

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