Affordable Fun and Games for the Whole Family; Re-enactments and Playful Shenanigans Bring History to Vivid Life at Popular Corona, Calif. Event Mother’s Day through Father’s Day Weekends

Celebrating its 15th anniversary, Koroneburg Old World Renaissance Festival again will bring history to colorful life when part of Crossroads Riverview Park in Corona, Calif. is transformed into a hustling, bustling and a bit bawdy old world Bavarian village each weekend from Mother’s Day through Father’s Day.

The popular, annual celebration of all things Renaissance will take place Saturdays, Sundays and Memorial Day, May 12 - June 17, 2012, 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Saturdays (except for extended hours, 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., May 26 and June 16) and 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sundays and Memorial Day. The festival site encompasses approximately nine beautiful, wooded acres of the 120-acre Riverview Park (formerly Prado Basin Park) at 14600 Baron Drive (formerly River Road) in Corona.

Festival co-founders Tom Wilson and Pat Long promise more family fun than ever. “To commemorate our 15th anniversary, we are revamping and re-energizing the festival with more authentic period re-enactments; entertainment and activities representative of the era; and hundreds of vividly costumed, always-in-character performers, craftspeople and vendors interacting with our guests,” Wilson noted.

Koroneburg Old World Renaissance Festival’s lively, interactive representation of daily life on the fictitious estate of Baron Heinrich Von Lauffer located along the Rhine River (i.e., Santa Ana River) between Mainz and Strasbourg during the Renaissance era (1450-1600 A.D.) offers something for everyone:
· Thrill-seekers – live, full-contact jousts, military battle re-enactments, sword fights and cannon, archery and pyro-juggling demonstrations.

· On the lighter side – comedians, magicians, town criers, a band of singing, rogue pirates and “Washing Well Wenches” performing on stages and strolling randomly throughout the grounds playfully interacting with guests, plus a daily, “all-hands” parade, Koroneburg-themed characters and personal appearances by Baron Von Lauffer himself.

· Kids of all ages – “Ship ‘o Games” section with fun-for-all-ages activities – a giant swing, gigantic rocking horses and towering strike; hand-pushed, wooden carousel; and dunk tank, veggie darts and stick ball. Moreover, youngsters can experience farm animals up-close-and-personal at the Petting Farm. The ever-popular tavern area bathtub is another kid pleaser.

· History buffs – unprecedented access to noted intellectuals of the period like Galileo and Nostradamus, who will espouse their views and answer festival-goers’ questions about timely current (and future) events, science and philosophy. In addition, 14 re-enactment guilds depicting the lifestyles, culture and “technology” of the era – from medicine and weaponry to everyday household “conveniences” and handcrafts.

Festival-goers will sample homemade breads baked as they would have been made in 1500 A.D. – in a beehive oven – and try their hands at crafts like weaving, leather-crafting and blacksmithing. Guests further will watch woodworkers, candle makers, lace makers, stone carvers, sheep-shearers and weavers at work (a hand-shorn and -woven shawl will be auctioned for charity).

· Techno-nerds – arguably the most important invention of modern history, the movable-type printing press (the iPad of its day) played a key role in the development of the Renaissance period and beyond. Visitors to Chap Stand Books will see a working Albion press, a mid-19th Century, iron-framed printer that replaced the old wooden presses, facilitated the first pocket-sized publications and introduced the concept of disposable printed materials.

· Foodies – nobility-worthy, chef-inspired fare at the Willcommen Inn full-service restaurant and food stands throughout the festival. A variety of tasty treats – from giant turkey legs, bratwurst, ribs and filet mignon to ice cream and funnel cakes – is sure to appeal to all palates,. Adult guests can wash it all down with a hearty ale or fine wine (enjoy “bier mit the Baron” at 5:30 p.m. daily at the Gazebo).

In addition to continuous entertainment and food, visitors will find many artisans and craftspeople selling a wide range of wares such as jewelry, clothing, costumes and accessories, art glass, pottery, leather goods, wood, metal and stone items, musical instruments and other novelties.

“Not only are we dedicated to making history come alive for our guests,” Wilson added, “we’re also committed to giving back to our community.” He went on to explain that the festival is presented by the Loyal Order of Re-enactment Enthusiasts (L.O.R.E.) 501 (3)(c) nonprofit organization with proceeds benefitting the “Knights of the Fabled Reader” reading program for schools and libraries in Home Gardens, Lake Elsinore, Winchester and other local areas. “Students who complete the reading program get free admission for themselves and a parent, plus V.I.P. treatment and knighthood from Baron Von Lauffer himself,” Wilson said.

Go to for ticket pricing and parking information. Well-behaved pets on leashes are welcomed at the festival.

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