Muskogee Renaissance Competition: Your 2022 Bucket Checklist


One of our household’s favourite issues to do is to go to the Citadel in Muskogee twice a 12 months: as soon as for the Halloween Competition and once more for the Annual Oklahoma Renaissance Competition. And over the previous few years, what was a enjoyable little regional ren faire has actually stepped up its recreation, remodeling the Citadel right into a full-blown journey with so many surprises to uncover it’s unattainable to catch them multi functional go to. However do you have to give it a strive anyway? Completely! We did!

The competition is a superb place for teenagers and teenagers as a result of it exposes them to every kind of creativity and tradition and even offers them an opportunity to take a look at artisans and artists at work, giving them an appreciation for craftsmanship that’s sorely missing on this planet right this moment. That can assist you profit from your journey to the Citadel this 12 months, we’re sharing every thing great, wonderful, and magical we acquired to take a look at this 12 months on the Renaissance Competition in addition to a couple of issues now we have to placed on our ren faire bucket record for subsequent 12 months. The competition runs for the subsequent few weekends, operating from April thirtieth by means of June fifth. You should definitely test it out!

Pxl 20220501 1910322871. Get into the weekend theme.

Do you know that each weekend, the Citadel encompasses a completely different theme? We went throughout Fantasy weekend when the celebration will get crashed by King Oberon and his wacky crew from the “magical wreathed land of Avalon.” Your complete place was brimming with whimsical faeries, magical satyrs, and all kinds of assorted whimsical creatures. There’s additionally a dressing up contest on daily basis of the faire in case you’re planning to take part within the festivities. And in case you’re one thing of a shutterbug, you’ll be able to submit your snaps to the photograph contest on-line!

Right here’s an entire record of each future theme on the competition and the particular guests you’ll be able to anticipate to run into:

  • Romance Weekend Could 7 & 8: King Henri from France is visiting to romance Queen Elizabeth. 
  • Pirate Weekend Could 14 & 15: King Philip II is visiting to strive his luck with the Virgin Queen. 
  • Celtic Weekend Could 21 & 22: Mary Stuart is popping over from Scotland. 
  • Memorial Day Weekend Could 28-30: Archduke Charles Ferdinand is visiting from Austria. 
  • Spice Highway Weekend June 4 & 5: Castleton’s particular visitor can be Emperor Omari from the Solomon Empire. 

2. Get a entrance row seat for the Wheel of Demise.

We first noticed a “wheel of loss of life”-style act this previous 12 months at Cirque Italia, and we had been fairly blown away. That’s why we couldn’t imagine our eyes after we realized we had been in for a entrance row seat to a Cirque-level efficiency proper in the midst of the Renaissance competition – and it was fairly darned improbable. Hailing from Gainesville, Ichabod Wainwright is a one-man present who rides his Wheel of Demise – a hand-crafted picket acrobat wheel the person made himself over 650 grueling hours – at faires and festivals everywhere in the nation. He performs three mindblowing exhibits a day, and he’s hilarious in addition. Should you plan for nothing else on the competition, take a look at his present instances and plan to get a superb seat. You’ll additionally wish to convey a couple of dollars to toss in his hat on the finish of his set as a result of it’s the most effective present on the faire, hands-down. Test it out and be sure you comply with him on Instagram

Present is simply outdoors the citadel, and showtimes are at 12:15 p.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.

3. Get your joust on with the Heroic Knights of Previous joust match.

That is one other occasion you’ll wish to plan forward for and ensure you have loads of time to take a look at. You’ll get the most effective view in case you sit within the bleachers, however there actually aren’t any unhealthy seats. Two knights from opposing sides combat à la guerre in a jousting match. When issues get bushy, they take up arms and cross swords in a well-choreographed knight-v.-knight battle. Catch this present at 1 p.m. and once more at 4:15. 

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4. Study falconry with the Knightwings Birds of Prey Present.

Falconry was big through the medieval and Renaissance durations in Europe, so naturally it’s an enormous deal in Castleton’s Renaissance competition! Knightwings Birds of Prey is an academic program devoted to elevating consciousness about birds of prey and conservation. This can be a uncommon alternative to get a glimpse at these unimaginable birds and study one thing on the similar time. Take a look at the present proper earlier than the joust match at 11 a.m., 1:45 p.m., and three:30 p.m.

5. Meet up with Ez ‘n Dil.

We missed their present, however we had the extremely luck of operating into this pair of roving musicians on the road and acquired an impromptu serenade. It was one of many highlights of the competition for us to hang around with this improbable musical duo. You’ll be able to catch them on the Hidden Grove stage at 11 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m., and three:30 p.m.

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6. Get down with the Craic.

The Craic Present is like no different Renaissance faire music you’ve heard earlier than. Assume celebration bagpipes, sturdy percussion, and rocker pirates. It’s world music you’ll be able to bang your head to, and also you positively shouldn’t miss it. Take a look at their music right here first after which be sure you work their present into your to-do record. They’re on the cave at 12:15 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 4:45 p.m.

7. Watch the Topsy Turvy Circus Selection Present.

You’ll be able to’t get by means of the Renaissance competition with out trying out a couple of of the improbable exhibits like the Jester Rejects, Tribal Circus, Sir Mark the Escapologist, and Bob the Juggler. We didn’t have time to look at all of those improbable artists, however we did get to cease by the Topsy Turvy Circus Selection Present, and we expect you must, too. 

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8. Watch the blacksmiths work.

Should you and your brood have by no means had the possibility to look at actual blacksmiths at work, you’ll love this opportunity to rise up shut and private with a forge. Cease by Watch Tower Works Blacksmith & Jewellery, the place the blacksmiths are at work all day lengthy and are very happy to reply any questions you’ll have and speak concerning the finer factors of their craft. Whilst you’re there, you’ll be able to choose up some pretty fire-forged jewellery, weapons, and different metallic items. 

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Pxl 20220501 1914484909. Get some improbable souvenirs and garb from artisans and distributors.

There are such a lot of great issues to spend cash on on the Renaissance Competition that the exhausting half is deciding what you might have room to hold dwelling. The sweetness is that lots of the finest gadgets are those you’ll be able to put on across the competition from leather-based items to witchy hats to handcrafted plague rats, which my youngsters went completely bananas over (they named theirs Soup and Snail). 

These are only a few of our favourite distributors from the faire:

Unbelievably cute fantasy shoulder puppet dragons in a virtually limitless array of colours and designs. My youngsters had been dying over these, however I might completely like to personal one and put on it round a competition (or my home) as an grownup. 

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Now that you just’ve scored a shoulder dragon, your arm wants one, too. These fantastically crafted dragon pets might be twisted round your arm, your hat, or your purse, and so they are available in many designs (together with two-headed dragons!) and colours (together with glow-in-the-dark). 

Gary is a stone-carving wizard, and you’ll watch him work when you store. From lovely stone markers for your home to good wooden carvings, Gary is a real artisan. 

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A Jenks-based family-owned honey farm, these of us have every kind of scrumptious native honey, and so they need you to strive it. Additionally they promote some handmade soaps that odor so good my fella was enthusiastic about them, and he’s not usually one to get jazzed over fragrances. And in case you’re in search of an affordable crowd-pleaser for a brood of youngsters who need one among every thing they see, they’ve a set of flavored caramel treats which are three for a buck. You’re welcome.

Cease by, style some honey, choose up a handful of caramels, and see what all the excitement is about.

The Highland Rat makes lovely soft-sculpture plague rats, and my youngsters misplaced their ever-loving minds over them. Positioned simply contained in the Citadel to your proper, these of us have a number of the finest pricing you’ll discover on the competition and supply wearable plague rats you’ll be able to pin proper in your clothes or hat. And you may even watch them work on a brand new rat when you’re there!

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Cottagecore witch hats, curly-tipped felt witch hats, and steampunk high hats are only a few of the choices at this haberdashery positioned within the Citadel Keepe. 

10. Go on a tasting journey.

Should you like to eat, you’ll love the competition. You simply might need a tough time narrowing down what you wish to strive (we love the spiral potatoes). My pal swears the bottled home made root beer on the competition is the most effective you’ll ever strive. And also you’ll positively must seize a bag of the kettle corn earlier than you head out. 

11. Go to the mermaids.

While you first enter the competition, be sure you pull up and bookmark this map in your telephone. After which instantly navigate your approach to the mermaid grotto, as a result of your youngsters will find it irresistible and so will you. I’m fairly positive my favourite factor on the competition this 12 months was seeing my 11-year-old all of the sudden flip into an anime-eyed dreamer over the mermaids. 

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12. Combine and mingle with Renaissance characters round Castleton.

As you stroll across the Citadel grounds, you’ll get the possibility to stumble upon every kind of great characters from Captain Jack Sparrow to non secular clerics (the cardinal wouldn’t grant me absolution, sadly) to improbable faeries. They’re all tremendous pleasant, and in case you ask them properly, they’ll often be very happy to pose for a snap. 

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13. Say hiya to the peafowl.

Do you know there are resident peafowl on the Citadel? You’ll find them hanging out in a few peafowl enclosures when you’re on the grounds. Stopping by to take pleasure in their brilliance is all the time one among our favourite actions.

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14. Get some henna artwork.

Simply after you enter the Citadel grounds, in case you head left, you’ll stumble upon a fairly little tent out of my happiest glamping desires the place you may get a stunning little henna physique artwork design from A New World Henna Affiliation. With a fairly mandala or dragon design, you’ll be able to benefit from the Ren faire afterglow for every week or longer after you go dwelling. 

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There may be a lot to do on the Renaissance competition that it appears unfair I don’t have the area to incorporate each unimaginable artist and actor you’ll meet at this occasion, however you’ll be able to take a look at the competition program on-line and plan forward. When you have time, it’s greater than value it to select up a weekend cross. Don’t overlook to plan forward to tip your entire favourite musicians and artists, and be sure you tell us what your favourite issues to do on the Renaissance competition this 12 months! As all the time, have a magical week in your little nebula.

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