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Michigan Renaissance Festival in Holly

Huzzah! This end-of-summer festival returns weekends Aug. 17-Sept. 29, 2013, to the Hollygrove Grounds in Holly – and promises tons of Renaissance-era fun for families.

Weekends in August and September hold entertainment, fun and feasting for the whole family. The Michigan Renaissance Festival returns to the Hollygrove Grounds in Holly with its famous events like jousting, hilariously inappropriate shows like Ded Bob and of course giant delicious turkey legs.

Kids will love riding the wooden horse and sea serpent, seeing living mermaids and fairies, joining in singalongs, meeting the Queen, listening to tales of the olden days and playing fair games. Parents will love the hours of entertainment and hundreds of vendors, from woodworkers to leather masters, jewelry and henna tattooing.

Each weekend has a theme – kicking off with the Royal Pet & Ale Fest on Aug. 17-18. Bring your pup or rescue a pet in need.

Aug. 24-25 is the Highland Fling! Do a little heavy lifting, participate in Amateur Highland Games or eat Scotch Eggs till the button on your pants pops.

Enjoy a High Seas Adventure over Labor Day weekend. Adults can compete in the manliest competitions of all time including tattoo and beard contests, arm wrestling championships, and of course, don't forget to wear your pirate gear! Argh!

During Wonders of the World, which takes place Sept. 7-8, see exotic wonders from across the sea, compete in the Chopstick Olympics and a Fantasy Mask Contest.

Shamrocks & Shenanigans takes place Sept. 14-15 – and you don't want to get pinched, so wear green and sport your best Irish wardrobe while you participate in a wine tasting.

Harvest Huzzah on Sept. 21-22. Stop by the Harvest Market and take a look at the Longbow Competition to see some excellent marksmanship.

Festival Friday kicks off the final weekend, and it's the perfect day to bring the tots. There will be lots of educational info about the Renaissance period circulating; it's also an excellent day for large groups.

The finale, Sweet Endings, is the day of the festival that is designated to chocolate. Participate in tastings and watch juggling and fencing competitions.

Festival hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The fest is also open on Labor Day and the last Friday in September. Ticket prices are $11.95 for children and $20.95 for adults; parking for the festival is free.

See the Metro Parent listing for more on the Michigan Renaissance Festival in Holly.

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