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

In celebration, everyone in pirate, mermaid, and sea creature costumes are invited to compete in the adult and children's (12-and-under) costume contests for the chance to win a great Scarborough prize pack.

All of the details and registration for the contest can be found at the front gate before 1:30 p.m. each day. On both Saturday and Sunday, there will also be a children's pirate initiation ceremony at noon at the Festival's Royal Marquee — where the Knighting Ceremony traditionally takes place.

The fun doesn't end there. Enjoy special Seafaring entertainment throughout the weekend with the "So You Want to be a Sailor" show at the Whimsey stage each day at 12:30 p.m. and the Rambling Sailors at the White Horse Tavern at various times each day.

"So many people join in the fun of the Legends of the Seas weekend that it looks like an invasion of pirates, mermaids and sea creatures," 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."

The limited engagement performers for this weekend include Dr. Judas Lynch & Ms. Magnolia Strange a crew of escape artists with fantastical narratives and death-defying stunts, the Pride of Ireland bringing the mirth and magic of the Emerald Isle through songs, jokes and banter. The Stonhenj Players a mixed a cappella group singing shanties, Celtic ballads, English traditional and comedy originals.

Visitors to the festival are sure to enjoy full-combat armored jousting, Birds of Prey exhibitions, 25-plus stages of interactive and unique entertainment, the Mermaid Lagoon, Renaissance Combat competitions and Knighting ceremonies. Festivalgoers will also discover exquisite one-of-a-kind treasures at the 200-plus shops and amazing artisan demonstrations along with Renaissance rides, games of skill, and food and drink fit for a king.

Festivalgoers can likewise explore the creations of St. Thomas Brass Rubbings, Silverleaf Costumes, Living Art & Lanterns, Fuglyware Pottery, and Gentry Jewelry, the festival's guest artisans.

The wines featured this weekend at the daily wine tasting events will be decoding wine labels and the daily beer tasting events will feature flagship beers. The tasting events have limited seating available and require a separate ticket. Participants must be 21 or older to attend.

Upcoming themed weekends include Celebrating Chivalry and the Mother's Day Brunch (May 11-12), the Live the Fantasy Weekend (May 18-19) and the final weekend of the 2019 season, The Last Huzzah (May 25-27). Each weekend also has a variety of special events.

Scarborough Renaissance Festival is open Saturdays, Sundays, and Memorial Day Monday, April 6 – May 27 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. rain or shine. Located in Waxahachie, Scarborough Renaissance Festival is just 30 minutes south of the downtowns of Dallas and Fort Worth on FM 66 off I-35E at exit 399B. From Austin or Waco, follow I-35E north to Exit 399.

Admission is $28 for adults and $13 for children, ages 5-12. Children age 4 and under are admitted free. Parking is free compliments of Waxahachie Nissan.

Tickets are available online and discount tickets can be purchased at North Texas Tom Thumb and Albertsons stores. Discount coupons can be found at Waxahachie Nissan. The festival is sponsored by Dr Pepper.

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