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“Renaissance Faire Returns to Quad Cities”
The 4th annual Quad Cities Renaissance Faire found a home for its unique edutainment at Credit Island Park in 2018. This year the event’s producers are holding out for the city of Davenport’s largest park to be up and ready for the scheduled September 21st & 22nd festival.
“Though we’ve been approved for using Centennial Park as a back-up location, we’d much prefer continuing to work with the city parks department and the Friends of Credit Island group to keep the island functional, even after this Spring flooding. It has potential for such a good festival venue,” states faire owner Gregory Schmidt of Festivals International.
This year management of the event will be turned over to Mike Amos of Midwest Festivals. He has lined up a large roster of professional acts and entertainers from all over the region.
This will be the first time that horseback jousting will be seen in Davenport. Along with the Joust Evolution tournament spectacle, there will be three stages of scheduled acts running on both days. Some of the top headliners this year will be the Shattock Schoole of Defense comedy swordplay show from Iowa City, the music recording group Orckes & Trolles from Des Moines, Jesters4Hire from Wichita with their magic and puppetry, Molotov Stoopid Human Tricks with fire from Chicagoland, and Bobert the Great from Davenport. Various other comedy and theatrical acts or solo performers will be on hand, as well. There will even be a real Renaissance-themed wedding ceremony on Saturday.
Covering the expansive festival grounds will be three living history encampment troupes presenting their outdoor museums: Olskipan Vikings and Warwick from Des Moines also the Quad Cities’ Shire of Dark River.
Along with them will be the Scottish highland games demonstration group Clan McSwade on the pitch field.
Special concessions are being made for children’s entertainment and hands-on activities.
A variety of skill challenges will be available for adults, from axe-tossing to archery and foil fencing.
The center-piece of the royal-themed faire will be the artisans merchant market, selling and demonstrating the making of specialized goods that usually can only be found at a Renaissance festival.
The food court will include classic turkey legs, full meals, novelty treats, libations, beer and wine.
The Quad Cities Renaissance Faire village will open its gates from 10am to 6pm, whenst guests will find some 200 costumed reenactment characters.
Admission will be $12 for adults with an $18 2-day pass. Kids from 5 to 15 will be $6 and younger children enter free. A $2-off discount is being offered for all military personnel with an active duty ID. Parking is free. Advanced tickets can be had via the event website at www.quadcitiesrenfaire.com
The faire lodging sponsors are the Holiday Inn Rock Island and Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Davenport.
Credit Island Park is at 2200 River Road West in Davenport.
For festival details inquiries can go to firstname.lastname@example.org or 641-583-2209.