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Wednesday, July 20, 2016 2:43PM
AtTheFaire icon 2:43 PM - New website (not Ren-related) (posted by JohnPaul )
I wanted to put a link here so it will get in to Google quickly:

Not Renaissance festival related, except one of the members is/was a RenFest leather merchant I met almost 20 years ago at the Iowa Renaissance Festival.

Nothing to see here. Move along...
Thursday, May 26, 2016 10:44AM
AtTheFaire icon 10:44 AM - Website issues. Please stand by... (posted by JohnPaul )
AtTheFaire has had some issues the past few months and I just haven't had the motivation to look in to it. I finally started, and have figured out a workaround to get things running while we get a real solution in place.

During this, I discovered several thousand photos I still need to sort and post, so the entire photo gallery is going to be updated/redone soon. Though, it may take weeks to get it all uploaded because of my limited internet access these days.

Please stand by . . . And follow me on Facebook for more stuff.
Saturday, March 12, 2016 5:12PM
FestivalNews icon 5:12 PM - Goodbye, DMRF. Hello, RFatSH. (posted by JohnPaul )
The ten-year lease between the Des Moines Renaissance Faire and Sleepy Hollow Sports Park ended in 2015. A non-compete agreement was signed, so the DMRF will not be held over the next three years. The new Renaissance Faire at Sleepy Hollow will be hosted at the former DMRF village starting this year. Details will be at:
Thursday, January 28, 2016 9:26AM
FestivalNews icon 9:26 AM - RFoN now has a website. (posted by JohnPaul )
The Renaissance Festival of Nebraska (not to be confused with the Nebraska Renaissance Faire) now has a dedicated website:


The other festival is

They are running back to back, with NebFaire being April 30/May 1, and RFoN being May 7-8 and 14-15. This means there will be THREE weekends of festivals back to back. Huzzah!
Thursday, January 21, 2016 11:45AM
FestivalNews icon 11:45 AM - Omaha World Herald covers the "dueling faires" (posted by JohnPaul )
This article sums things up pretty well, at least to my understanding.

What it doesn't mention, which maybe nobody cares about, is how the original Nebraksa Renaissance Faire Facebook page was just renamed to Renaissance Festival of Nebraska, taking all the fans of the Nebraska Renaissance Faire with it. Many may not even realize that they are now liking a different event :)

Renaissance Festival of Nebraska (old NebFaire page):

Nebraska Renaissance Faire (new page that had to be created):
Monday, January 18, 2016 12:57PM
FestivalNews icon 12:57 PM - Renaissance Festival of Nebraska news. (posted by JohnPaul )
The 2016 Renaissance Festival of Nebraska (not to be confused with the Nebraska Renaissance Faire) will be held two weekends this year:

May 7-8 and May 14-15, 2016
11am to 6pm, rain or shine.

It will be held at the Bellevue Berry Farm and Pumpkin Ranch (former home of the Nebraska Renaissance Faire and Midlands Pirate Festival):

1101 S 48th St
Papillon, NE 68133

For more details, visit:

They will also be hosting the Midwest Pirate Fest (not to be confused with the Midlands Pirate Fest or the defunct Midwest Renaissance Festival) there on August 27-28, 2016.

I'm going to have to come up with new abbreviations for these. We've been using MPF for Midlands Pirate Fest, so I guess I'll use MWPF for the Midwest one. We used to use RFotM for Ren Faire of the Midlands, so I think RFoN my work for the Ren Faire of Nebraska. (Of course, events/things in other areas probably already use most all these combinations of initials. Twenty years ago, we had an Internet resource called The Scribe that was kind of the "official keeper of abbreviations" for all these events. Today, there seems to be hundreds of indexes that list Renaissance festivals.)
Thursday, December 10, 2015 12:43PM
FestivalNews icon 12:43 PM - Nebraska back to two festivals for 2016 (posted by JohnPaul )
It looks like the Omaha area will be back to two Renaisance festivals for 2016. The Nebrask Renaissance Faire will be in a new location (its fourth since it started in 2003), and the Renaissance Festival of Nebraska will have its second year at the Bellevue Berry Farm (which was home for the Nebraska Renaissance Faire from 2008-2014).

Some Omaha-area festival history:

Old timers will remember when Council Bluffs (just across the river from Omaha) hosted the long-running Renaissance Faire of the Midlands. After it went away, the Nebraska Renaissance Faire started in Ashland, NE began in 2002.

After two years, NebFaire moved to Omaha and was located on the property of Scary Acres (a large annual Halloween haunted house location, likely chosen because it had plenty of space and a castle facade).

When NebFaire moved to the Bellevue Berry Farm (also home to an annual Halloween event), Scary Acres began its own Midwest Renaissance Festival which only lasted a few years (2008-2010). Hopefully I have the end date correct on that one (I only attended it for those years).

Omaha has so-far failed to be able to sustain multiple Renaissance events for more than a few years, even when they were one-weekend events. Now that there are multiple pirate festivals and multiple Renaissance events, all running multiple weekends, I wonder how things will fare for 2016...

Stay tuned...
Friday, August 28, 2015 12:08PM
AtTheFaire icon 12:08 PM - Twitter: @atthefaire (posted by JohnPaul )
I guess I have never mentioned we have a Twitter account:

Friday, July 31, 2015 1:10PM
(default) icon 1:10 PM - Des Moines blog (not Ren related) (posted by JohnPaul )
I a just posting this so it gets indexed and pushed up in the Google indexes quicker... But if you are in the Des Moines area, or are in to bicycling, you are welcome to click.
Thursday, May 14, 2015 1:42PM
FestivalNews icon 1:42 PM - Midlands Pirate Fest May 30-31, 2015 - NEW LOCATION (posted by JohnPaul )

-News Release-
"Regional Festival Moves to New Waters"

The 8th annual Midlands Pirate Festival will be moving to a new location and a different season, this year. The ideally suited River City Star Landing (formerly Millers Landing) on the downtown Omaha/Missouri River water front will be the new host of the popular event. The up-coming Spring weekend of May 30th & 31st (from 11am to 6pm) will be the festival's new timeframe.

Festivals International's producer-director, Gregory Schmidt, will be turning the creative reins over to Omaha entrepreneur Steve Lindzy in order to enhance the activities and shows. Lindzy's 'Royale Pirates of Tortuga' kids show will be one of the featured stage acts. He will present this musical extravaganza on the lower level of the 4-deck Kon-Tiki-O party barge.

Some of the other professional touring acts to appear on the 5 entertainment stages will be the Bawdy Buccaneers from Des Moines, two different magician and illusion shows, the Pog-Mo-Thon pub band from Lincoln featuring Texas fiddler 'Lala', a showcase of some of the area's combined belly-dancing troupes, Capt. Johnson's Sideshow Circus, a presentation on famous women pirates and a variety of famous characters from nautical lore and Hollywood fantasy.

One of the most unique shows will be a "pirate" stand-up comedy routine by Omaha native Christina Marie Leonard, who will be flying in from doing television and film work in Hollywood.

Other aspects of this "family fun" fest will be the Blue Rose Mermaid in her lagoon pond, the Forking Queen of the Pirates with her kids street theater, plus children's lawn games with prizes.

Additional activities involve treasure hunts, tattoo contests for adults, costume contests for children and games of skill such as knife-tossing.
There will be a 'thieve's market' merchant bazaar with artisans and specialty crafters selling anything from custom-designed jewelry to swords and nautical souvenirs.

Also on hand will be a selection of foods and drink libations at the renowned Tiki Bar.

The public will be able to access the discounted rides on the River City Star Riverboat Cruise at 12-noon, 2:00 and 4:00 each day. These added attraction tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for military and kids under 13.
Admission to the Midlands Pirate Festival is $10 for adults and $5 for kids from 5 to 15 with tots free. There will be a half-price discount for active military personnel. Parking will be free.

All tickets will be purchased right at the entrance gate during festival hours - 11am to 6pm.

For location information see or call #402-342-7827. For event details go to or contact


Greg Schmidt
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