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August 2010

Tuesday, August 31 2010

9:20 PM - Hilton Garden Inn special room rate. (posted by Webmaster)
One of our hotel sponsors, Hilton Garden Inn, has provided us with a special web link you can use to book a special room rate during the event. Check it out on our Lodging page! Thanks, Hilton Garden Inn!

7:59 PM - Entertainment schedule nearing completion... (posted by Webmaster)
If you want a sneak peak at the "work in progress" entertainment grid (which means it could change right up until it is printed), follow the link on the Entertainment page.

(And to any performers out there, speak now, or forever hold your peace ;-)

Monday, August 30 2010

6:13 PM - ONE SHOW ONLY! Italian Bakers Food Fight!!! (posted by Webmaster)
I think this is supposed to be a surprise, but so much is going in to this presentation that I thought I would leak the information out here on the website.

On Saturday, September 4th (opening day), you should probably be near the castle front lawn. A one-time-only "food fight" will take place featuring three of the highest energy characters ever to set foot in Festival Park. This is a very unique presentation promised to be unlike anything we have ever witnessed... And apparently so extreme, it only get scheduled one time (maybe because after we see the mess it makes, we won't EVER allow them to do it again? I hear comedian Gallagher doesn't get invited back to many venues he smashes watermelons in for the same reason).

We shall see... So spread the word... Saturday, September 4th, 5:05pm in front of the castle...

Thursday, August 26 2010

7:29 PM - New lodging sponsors... (posted by Webmaster)

Settle Inn - Altoona (sponsor since 2006!)
Americinn - Ankeny
Hilton Garden Inn, West

If you need a place to stay, please consider using one of our sponsor hotels.

Tuesday, August 24 2010

8:54 PM - Event history added to About page... (posted by Webmaster)
Just for fun, check out the "About the Faire" page (see link in left scroll menu). It now goes back to 2004 listing the weekends that the Des Moines Renaissance Faire were held, and what the themes were for weekends that had themes (2006 and later). Note this also includes three single weekend events held in 2004 and 2005 before Festival Park existed! There are also updates showing what was added on each year (with many more details to be added later, but some of the major ones are there now). Wow, what a trip it has been!

Five years at Festival Park now...

5:32 PM - Rides/Games information updated (posted by Webmaster)
This year's rides and games are now listed (with more possibly to be added).

Thursday, August 19 2010

8:44 PM - HOURS: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (posted by Webmaster)
The Renaissance Faire will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the seven days of operation this year. Apologies for the time-typo that appeared in a few places on the site the past few days.

Be sure to show up a bit early so you can see the opening gate show, which will be held outside of the ticket booths at the start of each day.

Tuesday, August 17 2010

6:30 PM - The 2010 Des Moines Renaissance Faire Treasure Hunt (posted by Webmaster)
Join the 2010 DMRF Treasure Hunt! Learn fun facts about The Des Moines Renaissance Faire along with all of the merry characters who dwell within. Prizes are awarded to the wee lads and lassies who answer any of the questions (with the help of Mum, or Dad, a pirate, or a rogue), with special prizes for the stalwart adventurer who answers all of the questions correctly! Choose from a vast assortment of Treasures From The Orient, plundered straight from a pirate's chest! It's our way of saying, "Thank you for visiting us at Faire!" We hope you'll come to see us all three weekends as new wonders, and new questions, appear each weekend.

Come find us in the Guild Hall, across from the Weaponry Shoppe!

Friday, August 13 2010

5:48 PM - 2010 pricing announced... (posted by Webmaster)
The ticket prices for 2010 have been added to the site, and rumor has it there will be discount tickets available in advance at Des Moines metro area Hy-Vee grocery stores, and $2 off coupons available elsewhere... Details on that later! (Or you can just show up and pay full price at the gate, if you prefer.)

Saturday, August 7 2010

8:45 PM - New DMRF sponsorship opportunities available. (posted by Webmaster)
Attention area businesses! The Des Moines Renaissance Faire has new sponsorship opportunities available. A bit thank you to our sponsors from the first four years of operation: Hy-Vee, Gilcrest Jewett Lumber, Captain Morgan Rum, Miller Bee, Polk County Bank, Miller Nursery and a few others that joined us during the first few years.

A new batch of sponsorship opportunities is now available, so please contact Max at Sleepy Hollow (515-262-4100) for more information.

Friday, August 6 2010

6:12 PM - Why should people come to the Des Moines Renaissance Faire? (posted by Webmaster)
Here is how some folks answered that question last year:

Thursday, August 5 2010

6:55 AM - 2010 Cast Information (posted by Webmaster)
For details on this year's cast training session, contact Greg via the Contact Us page.

Wednesday, August 4 2010

5:53 PM - More Entertainment updates... (posted by Webmaster)
The entertainment page has a few more updates (living history encampments, some act additions).

Tuesday, August 3 2010

8:28 PM - Behind the scenes: TV Ad concepts... (posted by Webmaster)
If you'd like to take a sneak peak at a work-in-progress version of this year's TV ad (proposed; not yet approved by the festival), it has been posted to YouTube:

It has some things yet to be completed, but you'll get the idea... And if you were there for the video recording on September 20th, 2009, you may spot yourself in it!

Monday, August 2 2010

6:21 PM - Food list updated. (posted by Webmaster)
The list of food merchants for 2010 has been updated. Of note, some new menu items at Ames British Foods, a new mini donut merchant (taking place of the roasted nuts), mango smoothies, and more... With more to come.

6:20 PM - Entertainment list updated. (posted by Webmaster)
The first batch of 2010 entertainment has been added to the website (though don't consider what is posted so far a complete list).