Great Plains Renaissance Festival to feature tomato hurling

04/10/2014 1:15 PM

04/10/2014 1:16 PM

Spring Renaissance Festival will feature tomato hurling

The annual spring edition of the Great Plains Renaissance Festival, a celebration of all things medieval, will take over Sedgwick County Park this weekend, filling it with two days of jousting, Celtic singing, vendors and turkey legs.

The event has several new acts this year, including a group called Tomato Justice, which features insult-hurling jesters who attendees can then hurl tomatoes at in retaliation. Organizers of the festival, who for the past three years have also put on the Wichita Highland Games and Celtic Festival in the summer, are ending that event and wrapping it into the spring Renaissance Festival. This weekend’s event will feature a small look at attractions such as caber tossing, and the 2015 spring Renaissance Festival will have an expanded Highland Games presence.

Also new at the festival, which usually draws between 10,000 and 12,000 people during its two-day run, are two new stages. One will be devoted just to kid-focused entertainers and activities and one focused just on musical performers such as The Musical Blades and 3 Pints Gone. And the festival will have all its returning favorites, including a jousting show, a food court, lots of vendors and a Birds of Prey exhibit.

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Sedgwick County Park, 6501 W. 21st St. North. Tickets are $11, $5 for children 12 and under if purchased at the gate. They’re $8.50 if purchased by 10 p.m. Friday online at www.greatplainsrenfest.com or at ticket locations listed on the website. Those who purchase tickets in advance can get one free child’s ticket for every adult ticket they buy.

PBR Velocity Tour at Intrust Bank Arena

The PBR Velocity Tour, an cowboy-friendly featuring professional bull riders fighting to stay on top of their giant bucking beasts, will be back at Intrust Bank Arena on Saturday. It starts at 7:30 p.m., and the doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $17, $27, $42 and $52 and are available at www.selectaseat.com, by calling 316-755-SEAT, at the Intrust Bank Arena Box Office or at Select-A-Seat outlets. For more information, visit www.intrustbankarena.com.

Denise Neil

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