My Experience At The Michigan Renaissance Festival

By Juwan Outlaw, CBS 62/CW50 Intern

Being a native Michigander, there are just certain things we do. Like when we want a nice cold soft drink, we’ll ask for a “pop” instead of a “soda” (bonus points if it’s Faygo). We’re quick to use our right hand in the shape of a mitten to tell a fellow Michigander where we’re from. And we all know there’s only one acceptable way to eat a hot dog: covered with chili, mustard, and onions. You know, just Michigan things. After my trip last weekend to Holly, MI I am ready to nominate the Michigan Renaissance Festival as another thing all Michiganders should know and experience. If you’re a fan of live entertainment, family-friendly activities, and great food, then the Michigan Renaissance Festival is the place for you.

If you’re like me, then you probably have heard many people speak highly of the 16th-century-themed attraction or you have seen their numerous commercials. I finally decided to travel out to Holly to find out what all the Michigan Renaissance Festival had to offer. When I arrived I was met by guardsmen who stood at the gates; luckily if you have a ticket you will be admitted, no word what happens if you challenge them to a duel. Once inside I felt like I was magically sent back in time as I saw tons of people dressed up in medieval clothing.  It honestly felt like I was in an episode of Game of Thrones. As I walked around the huge venue, I begin to realize that there’s more than meets the eye with this festival. There are tons of stages where multiple acts perform, from glass blowing to magicians juggling flaming swords, but one show that stood out to me was the Mud Show, and yes it’s exactly what it sounds like, a show about mud.

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2017 Michigan Renaissance Festival (credit: Juwan Outlaw/CW50)

The Splatter Time Players put on a fantastic show full of goofs and gags revolving around tales of their past, which all surprisingly involves lots of mud. When you stop by the Michigan Renaissance Festival, this show is a must-see. I don’t want to spoil all the fun that comes with this show, but a piece of advice, wear some clothes you aren’t afraid to get dirty!

Overall, the Michigan Renaissance Festival is a must for any Michigander who wants to add to the great long list of things to love about this state of ours. It’s worth noting that this place is also pet-friendly, so Fido can dress up and tag along as well.

The fun of the Michigan Renaissance Festival may be over for the season, but Halloween in Hollygrove is just beginning.  For more information, visit halloweeninholly.com.

Juwan Outlaw is a senior at Wayne State University studying Media Arts and Studies. Upon graduation, Juwan plans to pursue a career in television production.

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