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Connecting with the arts and history at the Utah Renaissance Faire

Aug 26, 2022, 4:39 PM | Updated: 4:42 pm
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LEHI, Utah — The first thing you might have wondered if you hit the opening of the Utah Renaissance Faire today in Lehi is “what are all of these kids doing out of school?”

It’s a fair question. The kids were there as part of their schools’ education day. The fair sponsor invites classrooms from across Utah to learn more about the renaissance period through games and quests.

More than 12,000 people are expected to attend the two-day event, which marks the festival’s tenth anniversary. Gayle Dowdle, who plays Queen Elizabeth the First at the Tudor Court, says welcoming the kids is her favorite part.

“Honestly, the little girls are the best,” Dowdle told KSL NewsRadio. “Because, I’m super sparkly, because I’m Queen Elizabeth! The little girls just walk up and their eyes light up!

“They want to do tasks for me, and they want to help me defeat the Spanish Armada by recruiting mermaids.”

The faire is part of the Utah Valley Fine Arts Council, which wants to help families connect with the arts and history.

If you go on Friday night, you want to be sure to look skyward.

“We have a free concert at night, with a fire, followed by a 150-syncronized drone show,” said Richard Thurman, the founder of the festival.

“They’ll be making dragons in the sky.”

Simone Seikaly contributed to this report.

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