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Festival brings Medieval fun and magic to Ogden for 13th season

Friday , May 11, 2018 - 5:00 AM

Medieval-themed fun and magical whimsy for all ages is back in Northern Utah as the Utah Renaissance Festival and Fantasy Faire starts its 13th season this Saturday.

Over three weekends, visitors can expect music, food, roaming performers, pirates, fairies and more. Competent riders can try their hand at the Knightly Equestrian Games, competing for cash each weekend with the top contender earning $500 and the title of First Knight the final day of the fair. The cost to compete is $35. There will also be demonstrations by Alpine Mounted Archery every day at 2 p.m. 

The Outlander Pub will be serving beers and ales to help wash down those giant turkey legs. “We’re the only non-dry fair in the state,” said Tyler Brown, marketing director for the event. The pub will also feature mead from Hidden Legends Winery. For any sweet tooths, Gino Carpenter and girlfriend Annmarie Carpenter at the Black Tree Grill recommend trying their ice cream cannonball. “It’s vanilla ice cream formed into a ball and rolled in a mixture of cookies and candy bars,” Annmarie explained. 

New this year will be the Kid Kingdom, featuring magic shows, a candy catapult, games and a petting zoo from Ogden nonprofit Pack ’N Pounce Animal Rescue.

Faerie weekend:

• 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13.

Pirate weekend:

• 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 19.

Faire by Firelight will bring special performances by Gypsy band Yom al Had, along with fire dancers and jugglers. 

• 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 20. 

Steampunk weekend:

• 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 26.

• 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday, May 27 and 28.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children ages 6 to 12. Children 5 and under get in free.

Military and first responders enjoy a $2 discount any day of the fair. Any visitors who come wearing period-appropriate garb or costumes will also get a $2 discount. “It has to fit with the faire,” Brown said.

That means no Spider-Man costume.

Cash or cards will be accepted at the event, but no ATMs will be on site. The fair will be held at 1750 W. 400 North in Marriott-Slaterville, next to Toad’s Fun Zone. Any questions can be directed to Tyler Brown at (385) 419-1370.

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