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Sioux City goes Renaissance in new free Rivercade festival

Monday, July 11, 2005

Riverside Park in Sioux City will be transformed into another realm when the 42nd annual River-Cade Festival initiates Riverssance, a full-fledged Renaissance Faire, July 22-24.

"Nestled amidst the ancient oak trees at Riverside Park in Sioux City, we will bring Siouxland an authentic reenactment of early 16th century English harvest festival," explained Phil Claeys, Senior Vice Commodore for River-Cade's Riverssance. "Once they step inside the kingdom, visitors will experience a rich, full Renaissance atmosphere."

"The three-day event will feature daily full-armored jousting, battle reenactments, a wide variety of period crafts, arts, brews, foods and entertainment and the merriment of madrigals, jugglers, rat catchers, jesters, story tellers and wenches."

All visitors are invited to join the kingdom, added Claeys, who himself will don the persona of "Fallen Friar Phil" for the faire.

Gates for the first-ever River-Cade event will open with the presentation of the King and Queen's Court on Friday, July 22 at 5:30 p.m. The festival will entertain attendees until 8 p.m. Friday evening.

Riverssance continues on Saturday, July 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday, July 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission to the family-oriented event will be free.

In order to transform Riverside Park into the realm of Riverssance, builders will assemble an assortment of towers, gates and backdrops. Park shelters will soon take on a new look for the special weekend event.