JANESVILLE - Care for a giant turkey leg, pulled pork sandwiches or maybe a handcrafted, old-fashioned soda?
The Janesville Renaissance Faire is the perfect place to curb cravings and enjoy all-day entertainment. This year's event, to be held at Traxler Park, will take place from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults, or $6 with the donation of a non-perishable food item. Tickets for kids/seniors are $5. Under 4 are free. Wristbands for two-day admission are $10.
"As opposed to just watching something, those who come to the Renaissance Faire will be interacting with the performers and other people," said Janesville Renaissance Faire co-owner Christ Last.
The Faire originally began in Janesville as a fundraiser for the Jaycee's Fireworks Fund, but later became an independent nonprofit. Every year since, the Faire's proceed have helped to provide scholarships for students invested in community service and/or going into theatre arts or education. Many local organizations, such as Project 16:49 and ECHO, also have benefited.
"We've also bought clothes, hygiene products and bus tokens for students who need them (because of the funds raised)," Last said.
Most of the money raised during the 2017 Renaissance Faire will be going to the scholarship fund. Each year there are $2,000-$4,000 in scholarships awarded to students.
Throughout the event's history there has been about $80,000 in total funds raised. Everything has gone back to causes that directly benefit Janesville and the surrounding communities.
"We do the scholarships each year because we want to get the students who need the money to be able to go to school," Last said. "We're all about helping the community."
Visitors to the Janesville Renaissance Faire can expect to have lots of tasty food to try and plenty of entertainment options, too. A wide variety of performances will be taking place each day. Shows are free once visitors have entered the Renaissance Faire Grounds and subjects will range from traditional Shakespearian performances to combat-oriented sword fighting.
"We'll even be having a group that does performances with fire and music and artwork," Last said.
Over 40 crafters and artists will be showing off and selling their goods in a special marketplace. Something parents will certainly enjoy is a special kids area featuring arts and crafts, as well as performances specifically created for little ones. Organizers of the Faire have done their best to ensure a fun event the whole family can truly enjoy.
"We're welcoming everyone," Last said. "Come, dress up and play pretend with us for the weekend, or come in your regular clothes and have a great time."