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Posted by: Rawson, Laura
1/9/2014

For two weekends each year, the clear blast of trumpets mingles with the laughter of children as the kingdom of Hoggetowne opens its gates. Performers in period garb sing and dance in the streets, while knights joust on horseback and magicians captivate the crowds. Tucked away in the enchanted forest of the Alachua County Fairgrounds in Gainesville, Fla., this medieval marketplace will come to life Jan. 25-26 and Jan.31-Feb. 2.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
11/21/2013

Come be swept away with medieval magic by volunteering at the 28th Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire. Step back in time at the Alachua County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Jan. 25, Sunday, Jan. 26 and Friday, Jan. 31 through Sunday, Feb. 2. Become a part of Gainesville’s rich tradition of community service while enjoying one of the area’s most highly anticipated events.

The success of the faire depends on the commitment and dedication of our volunteers. We need your help to make this year’s event as grand as ever. Volunteer shifts are four hours long and include a variety of opportunities. Volunteers can take tickets, distribute programs, oversee the exhibits in the children’s art and essay contest area or booth sit while artisans take breaks. Volunteers will receive a one-day pass for free admission to the faire.

Participants of the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire experience an age of chivalry and magic over the faire’s two consecutive weekends. The winding pathways of Hoggetowne overflow with troupes of actors, musicians and street performers. Crowds cheer for armored knights as they joust on the tournament field, while eight stages of continuous entertainment feature majestic performances of full flight falconry, aerial acrobatics and unbelievable magic acts. In conjunction with this year’s theme of “The War of the Roses,” the Tournament Field will host a stunning show of combat entertainment during a living chess match. Watch as Margaret of Anjou tries to surprise and capture Richard, Duke of York, at Hoggetowne, but is thwarted by his superior moves. Guests stroll through a medieval marketplace where hundreds of talented artisans demonstrate their time-honored skills and offer the finest medieval wares.

For more information about this volunteer opportunity with the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, contact Linda Piper at 352-393-8536 or download an application from www.gvlculturalaffairs.org. Become a fan on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/HoggetowneMedievalFaire.