WAXAHACHIE

The Legends of the Seas come alive at Scarborough Renaissance Festival this weekend with pirates, mermaids and all manner of sea creatures.

For this second to last weekend of the 2018 season, there will be a wide array of special events and entertainment taking place throughout the weekend to celebrate.

First off, children 12 years and younger dressed in pirate, mermaid and sea creature costumes are invited to compete in a costume contest each day. Details and registration are at the front gate and must be completed by noon each day.

On both Saturday and Sunday, there will also be a children’s pirate initiation ceremony at 12:15 p.m. at the festival’s Royal Marquee — where the Knighting Ceremony traditionally takes place — along with a children’s Pirate Treasure Hunt throughout the festival. Treasure maps can be found at East Wind Games in the Pecan Grove area.

Then there’s the Turkey Leg Eating Contest. For those who think they can eat a giant roasted turkey leg faster than anyone else, make sure to register at the front gate by noon for a chance to win a Scarborough prize package.

The fun doesn’t end there.

Patrons can enjoy unique seafaring entertainment throughout the weekend with guest performers The Bilge Pumps on the Festival’s Idlewyld Stage and the Sea Shanty Sing-Along at the White Horse Tavern. Visitors will not want to miss the all-new "So You Want to be a Sailor" show at the Whimsey stage each day at noon along with Sea Shanties and other favorites from the Rambling Sailors on various stages throughout the festival.

“So many people join in the fun of pirates, mermaids, and sea creatures that it looks like an invasion at Scarborough during the Legends of the Seas Weekend,” said Coy Sevier, General Manager of Scarborough Renaissance Festival. “You might see the queen of the mermaids, a few ‘Captain Jack Sparrows’ or even a creature from the deep among our visitors.”

Visitors to Scarborough Renaissance Festival® are also invited to experience a keg tapping that is being done just as they did it hundreds of years ago. The Franconia Brewery from McKinney, TX will be conducting a keg tapping of a specialty brew “Dunkelweizzen” — an ancient beer combining a Dunkel beer and a Wheat beer — both Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. The tapping is hosted by Scarborough’s Beer Master, Seamus Norwood, who is also the host of the Festival’s daily beer tasting events. The event is free with Festival admission.

The keg used in the tapping event is an original 200-year-old keg from Franconia’s owner, Dennis Wehrmann’s family brewery in Tanna, Germany. This keg tapping event is something that all beer lovers will want to make sure to attend! Following the tapping events, the Franconia Maibock (tapped from the keg) will be sold exclusively at the Capt’ns Pub while supplies last.

Guest Artisans this weekend are Fuglyware, Saorsa Studios, and SWS Cutlery. New Festival Artisans for the 2018 season include Enchanted Chains, Hang De Sign, Living Art & Lanterns, Magpie’s Trick, Runaway Rabbit Press and Three Bells Tapestries.

The daily wine tastings for the weekend feature the "Wines from the New World," and the daily beer tastings feature beers of "The New World - West." The tastings sell out fast, so it is recommended that patrons purchase tasting tickets in advance.

The upcoming themed weekends is The Last Huzzah May 26—28 to finish out the 2018 season. Each weekend will have a variety of unique entertainment and activities.

Scarborough Renaissance Festival is an interactive experience set in 16th-century style. Visitors can enjoy full combat armored jousting, Birds of Prey exhibitions, the Mermaid Lagoon, a living chess match, Knighting ceremony, 150-plus member performing company and 27 stages of non-stop entertainment. There are 200-plus shops and artisan demonstrations along with renaissance rides, games of skill and food and drink "fit for a king."

The festival is open Saturdays, Sundays, and Memorial Day Monday, now through May 28 from 10 a.m. — 7 p.m.

Located in Waxahachie, Scarborough Renaissance Festival is just 30 minutes south of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex on FM 66 off of I-35E at exit 399B.

Admission is $28 for adults and $13 for children, ages 5-12. Children ages 4 and under are admitted free. Parking is free compliments of Waxahachie Nissan. Food, drinks, games and rides all require cash.

The Festival does have ATMs on-site, but it is recommended that visitors bring cash with to avoid lines at the ATMs. Most of the artisan shoppes, the ticket booth and the Rose & Crown Inn Restaurant also accept credit cards.

Tickets are available at the gate on Festival days and online at SRFestival.com. Discount tickets can be purchased at D/FW area Tom Thumb & Albertsons stores.

Discount coupons will be at Waxahachie Nissan throughout the season.

For more information visit SRFestival.com. Facebook & Twitter (SRFestival) or on Instagram (theSRFestival).