The 46th edition of the Renaissance Festival is getting underway in Shakopee this weekend. Fun, food and merriment for all ages.

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival began its journey in September 1971 on a 22-acre field in Jonathan, Minn. More than 25,000 people visited the two-weekend grand opening of the festival then named “A Celebration of Nature, Art, and Life!” That celebration has since relocated to Shakopee, Minn., and has grown to be the largest Renaissance Festival in the United States, with an annual attendance of 300,000.

New this year is The King's Carpool. Gather three friends and decorate your car with a Renaissance theme! Once your car is decorated, post a photo of it with the four (or more) of you across social media. Include the hashtag #KingsKarpool on the post as well as on the car! Begin your quest to the Renaissance Festival where winning cars will be announced on social media by 1PM daily. Throne of Swords. Are you the rightful King? Take a seat on the Throne of Swords to claim your destiny or meet your untimely doom. Interact with storied characters from the great houses of the Realm and take a fantasy portrait that will live on for the ages. Check out the Vikings Encampment. Learn what it takes to be a Viking (no not the purple and gold ones) Try visiting the Viking’s encampment in the village. Learn about their lives though Norse sagas, songs, craftsmanship and trading, fun games, and weapon demonstrations!  Skol. And channel your inner wizard on the Wizards Flight School Zip Line. Aspiring wizards will take flight on our fully operational zip line course! Learn to fly and soar over the heads of your friends and family while you experience the Renaissance from above. There is all this and so much more plus your favorites in food and activities, like jousting.

Listen to win tickets from Mike Eiler on Power 96 from 6-9AM Monday-Friday and from John and Kelly on KDHL 10AM-5PM. You can also register online to win tickets as well.

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