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Check this news page daily! The most recent 14 news items from the past two weeks will be available on this front page. For older items, be sure to see the news archives. If you have any festival news, rumors, or announcements, be sure to let us know so we can post it here.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 9:57PM
News icon 9:57 PM - Joseph (Ivy Soap Works) needs our help (posted by JohnPaul )
Back in the heyday of AtTheFaire, we had some great Ren merchant friends, such as Ivy Soap Works. Joseph Skeene (who I believe we saw buy his first pay of Renaissance boots at a Renaissance festival in Iowa) is going through something that sounds dreadful, and is asking for support:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/joseph-needs-brain-surgery-to-cure-suicidedisease?member=21808277

If you could drop something in his Go Fund Me, it would be greatly appreciated.
Monday, June 21, 2021 11:27PM
Photos icon 11:27 PM - Photo gallery regenerated (1997-2021) (posted by JohnPaul )
The entire AtTheFaire photo gallery has been regenerated, and a few new events added to the mix:

http://photos.atthefaire.com

Much cleanup still to be done, and several events still to be added, but ... it's a start!
Friday, June 11, 2021 11:50AM
Photos icon 11:50 AM - Massive photo gallery update in progress. (posted by JohnPaul )
Most of this week has been spent getting the Iowa gallery updated, and the goal is to regenerate everything in the new format and have it available in coming weeks. My 9 year old computer and DSL connection isn’t as fast as it could be, so it takes many days of 24/7 uploading to push almost 250,000 files to my server.

Standby…
Sunday, January 17, 2021 2:12PM
FestivalNews icon 2:12 PM - 2021 Midwest Events (posted by JohnPaul )
Apr 24-25: Nebraska Ren Faire – Omaha, NE
https://nebfaire.com

May 14-16: Des Moines Ren Faire – Des Moines, IA
https://dmrenfaire.com

May 22-23: Midlands Ren Revel & Pirate Fest (Spring) – Council Bluffs, IA
https://midlandsrenrevel.com

May 29-31 & June 5-6: Iowa Ren Fest — Amana Colonies, IA
https://iowarenfest.com

Aug 28-29: Midlands Ren Revel & Pirate Fest (Summer) – Council Bluffs, IA
https://midlandsrenrevel.com

Fall: Iowa-Minnesota Pirate Fest– Clear Lake, IA
https://iowaminnesotapiratefest.com

Sep 25-26: Quad Cities Ren Faire — Davenport, IA
https://quadcitiesrenfaire.com

And so it begins!
Thursday, August 20, 2020 1:50PM
(default) icon 1:50 PM - Regional Event Cancellations as of 8/20/2020: (posted by JohnPaul )
Cancelled: Aug 21-Oct Minnesota Ren Fest
Cancelled: Aug 29-30 Midlands Ren Revel (Iowa)
Cancelled: Sep 26-Oct 25 Kansas City Ren Fest
Cancelled: Oct 3-4 Sioux City Riverssance Fest (Iowa)
Cancelled: Oct 10-11 Iowa Ren Fest
Saturday, September 1, 2018 12:38AM
FestivalNews icon 12:38 AM - New Council Bluffs, Iowa event... (posted by JohnPaul )
http://www.midlandsrenrevel.com

September 22-23, 2018

It will be at the Westfair Grounds, but in a different location than where Renaissance Faire of the Midlands was its final years.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 12:32PM
FestivalNews icon 12:32 PM - Oktoberfest event in Des Moines (posted by JohnPaul )
Adventureland in Des Moines is holding it's 2nd annual Oktoberfest event on Saturday, October 1. The cost will be $15 (which includes free parking, one free Sam Adam's beer, and a souvenir photo). Most of the park rides will be open, with 13 bands on five stages and various games and contests.

I have a new website project for this. If you are in the area, consider making it out.

http://adventureland.parkhopping.com/wiki/index.php/Oktoberfest_2016
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 11:27PM
FestivalNews icon 11:27 PM - No Des Moines Renaissance Faire this year (2016) (posted by JohnPaul )
Just to reiterate ... there is NO Des Moines Renaissance Faire this year. It will not be happening until 2019. They signed a no-compete contract with Sleepy Hollow Sports Park, and will not operate an event in the Des Moines area for three years.

When you contact me with feedback on "DMRF", you mean the Sleepy Hollow event, and this is why things are so different -- it's a different event, on the same property that Des Moines Renaissance Faire was for ten of its 13 years in operation.

There is a short letter posted at http://www.dmrenfaire.com on the front page that explains the situation. Drop by and check it out.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 3:43PM
AtTheFaire icon 3:43 PM - New website (not Ren-related) (posted by JohnPaul )
I wanted to put a link here so it will get in to Google quickly:

http://micss.atthefaire.com

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 11:44AM
AtTheFaire icon 11:44 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.

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