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Updated with winner! Ye olde Renaissance Fest tix to give away

He's Henry VIII, he is, he is

He's Henry VIII, he is, he is

Hey, who’s ready to chomp on a turkey leg and watch dudes pretending to sword fight?

It’s time once again for the Georgia Renaissance Festival, which will be April 17 through June 6 in the Fairburn/Peachtree City area.

The annual event features all sorts of performers in period costumes, shops and food fit for a king. Speaking of kings, since this is the Festival’s 25th year they’re celebrating by recreating the coronation of Henry VIII.

So, if you want to go without spending thine own silver, Buzz wants to help.

We have four tickets and the most quintessential Renaissance man or woman wins.

Are you an insurance salesperson by day and a goat farmer on the weekends? Do you enjoy both Nascar races and wine tastings? Do you enjoy sporting events and fashion shows?

Hie thee to the computer, fair lords and ladies! The best story wins and I’ll mail them out this week.

Congrats to the Hadaway family, who embody the Renaissance spirit! Have fun at the fest! Thanks to everyone who posted stories!

Congrats to the Hadaway family, who embody the Renaissance spirit! Have fun at the fest! Thanks to everyone who posted stories!

37 comments Add your comment


April 5th, 2010
4:57 pm

This made me laugh because I am an insurance saleswoman as well as local farmer! During the day I wear pearls and sell peace of mind with sophistication but at night- Farmer Girl with a penchant for the Cab Franc is unleashed! These Ren fest tickets would make me and my fellow English degree fellows very happy indeed. It’s one of the great places we get to finally use them with reckless abandon. We can quote the bard and Marlowe betwixt our wine in a plastic cup and funnel cake. To Fairburn we go!
The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
William Shakespeare


April 6th, 2010
8:37 am

Best smoked turkey in the land. Also the beef jerky was good. THE JOUST WAS SPECIAL.aND THE KIDS HAD A BLAST WITH THE WHOLE FACILITY.

Gabriel Carter

April 6th, 2010
12:25 pm

7 yr. old Gabriel Carter is a Christian School Student by day, and a fierce swordsman by night!! Gabriel, who recently drew himself as a Medieval swordsman, is so enamored with the medieval period that he became the youngest swordsman at the local Fencing Club!! Although he was below the age requirement, his advanced fencing skills earned him a spot at the Fencing Club where he fences on a regular basis!!


April 6th, 2010
12:35 pm

We always try to go for Mother’s Day. Last time we went, I got called up as part of the stage show. I ended up with my hands on one of the men it tights’ butts. It was awesome.


April 6th, 2010
12:55 pm

My story simple. I have always wanted to go. Always thought it would be a blast, just never had the funds or extra money to attend. Would love the tickets, so that I can experience what everyone else have


April 6th, 2010
1:06 pm

I have been unemployed for some time now and nothing would lift my spirits more than a day of gazing at the lovely wenches that will be in attendance at the fair.


April 6th, 2010
1:11 pm

My family went to the festival years ago in the early ninty’s, my kids were eight and nine I think, we loved the incense huts, the drunken Queen wandering thru the village and the king and his men finding her and they all walked around loudly speaking in the old world english accent about her troubles. I thougt How cool is this! There was jousting and cheering wildly for the favorite knight, the horses and the tiger, the archery which we loved and my son may still have his medal although he is a soldier now with many. My daughter had her face painted to look like a butterfly and I bought her a madiens hat with a long wisp of material she still has it almost twenty years later. I have a picture of my son and daughter with this hugh gargantuan of a man with the biggest sword we have ever seen and Nicole is trying to hold up this immense sword. And then the awesome show where the gem had been stolen by thieves and he went that way! The characters brought people into the scene verbally I was one of them and surprised myself when I said no! the one who took the gem went that way, they all looked at me and grinned and with a smile turned in the other direction and apprehended him! I used to buy a mug from the festival every year we went but it’s been ages since we have gone. My kids are grown with children of their own. Its time to take them to the Renaissance Festival!


April 6th, 2010
1:42 pm

My story is not of what I am, but of what I inspire to be….
Come with me back to the far far distant past, long ago (2 years ago) when I was but a wee lad hearin tales from my mama of knights and princes and journeys to far away lands. Were it was super awesome to open doors for girls and going through puberty was a time of celebration because it meant you would soon be a man and slaying dragons for princesses…not practicing kissing on your Aunt Gertrude’s patchwork pillows…
Now, Flash forward far far into the future (2 years) and with dreams of Medieval times dancing in my head, I dream of what could be.
Presently my job is to collect coin from the peasants; just like the tax collectors of old. (Pretty much I walk around all day looking for loose change– You would be surprised how well it pays!)
But do not feel weep for me, for someday I will live my dream. My glorious dream of being……….
The Winner of this contest so I can go to the GA Renaissance Festival!!!


April 6th, 2010
1:42 pm

My twin girls (4) loved it when we went last year. One dressed up as the princess, the other was the knight in shining armor. I’d love to be able to take them again this year. And free tickets would allow them to have even more fun.


April 6th, 2010
1:50 pm

I am the quintessential Renaissance Woman! I am a wife and a mother, an administrative assistant by day and a waitress some nights. I hold my BFA in theatre in one hand and my sewing machine in the other. I am woman, hear me roar. I am also overworked and underpaid and would love to have a day of fun and merriment at the Renaissance Faire.


April 6th, 2010
1:56 pm

I am an attorney/ballerina/entreprenuer/Pre-kindergarten teacher who is an avid sports fan! I guess I just didn’t know what I wanted to be “when I grew up”.


April 6th, 2010
2:00 pm

Perhaps instead of complaining about being unemployed, Aaron, go and see if you can become a serving wench yourself. Or perhaps you could try your hand at selling turkey legs. There are jobs out there, you just have to need it bad enough.


April 6th, 2010
2:05 pm

I have been pretty much everything in my life – from a photo developer, to mortgage processing; market research to music promoter…all to stay employed. no job too big, and none too small. i am currently back to work after an unemployment, and i am loving life because i have been able to reinvent myself, once again. I love the RenFest for it’s frivolity and family-friendly silliness, and i look forward to it every year

Steve Arant

April 6th, 2010
2:09 pm

I am one of the many that has been attacked and survived by the the infamous KISSING WENCH. While i was attending one grand festival I was watching the sights and little to my knowledge that my future wife had propositioned a wench to treat me like her little pet. I was not only attacked by just one wench but another decided to join in and I was covered with lips all over. Sounds great until I went to dinner at a restaurant back where we lived not knowing why everone was looking at me and laughing until I went into the bathroon and noticed that I was covered with bright red lip marks on every piece of exposed flesh I had… Good times, but I will always check the mirror before going anyplace again.


Dianne Hadaway

April 6th, 2010
2:18 pm

My entire family exemplifies the modern renaissance family you are looking for! While we love living in this time of modern conveniences and technology is a large part of our everyday lives, we still embrace occupations, values, and a love of old world essence. I am a seamstress by trade, yes I sell my wares on the internet, but I still embody the spirit of the Renaissance woman, designing and handcrafting bags and clothing, home decor, necessities and accessories from natural fabrics, with attention to detail and quality hand stitching.

My husband is a modern day version of the Renaissance Men who were leaders in their time both as teachers and religious leaders. He is a math teacher and manages all the Chaplain duties at a private school. Think of those famous Renaissance men, Michelangelo, Di Vinci, Galileo, each played those varied roles in their communities and my husband does so with equal passion and drive. He is also a brilliant philosopher and a music lover who plays the dulcimer very nicely!

We are raising two teenagers and we encourage them to express themselves artistically and through hobbies that express their natural interests and talents. They may think we are stricter than some parents as we insist on good manners, respect and earning their privileges. They know they are not entitled and must carry their weight with the family chores and be grateful for the many advantages they have. My 15 year old daughter is an accomplished artist, who must draw everyday as it is like breathing for her. She has a long list of requests from fans of her art to create custom drawings, she has won many awards for her work. She is also an avid music fan and is teaching herself guitar. My son is 12 and is a very old soul indeed. He is fairly obsessed with gold mining and mines daily in the creek behind our home … what a sight he is in his hip waders, with his sluice box and pan! He loves all of outdoors, camping, fishing, storytelling, and he spires to be an archeologist and perhaps a geologist as well. We love the history, charm, ambiance and fun of the Renaissance Festival and it has been a few years since we’ve been able to attend. We would be ever so grateful for a chance to return to the past and indulge in the festivities. Thank you!

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Barnacle Bill Bavasi

April 6th, 2010
3:01 pm

The wench walking around on the stilts last year had a tight, rockin’ bod.

She Woman

April 6th, 2010
3:33 pm

oh boy. In my most coy and modest demure voice, I AM THE RENAISSANCE WOMAN! Let’s see. Classically trained on the cello at the age of 7 and was a member of 3 different orchestras and symphonies and quartets up until 2 years ago. Studied solfege with an Opera Diva that has performed with Pavarroti (good fam friend). Spent youth fishing (hooking worms, catching 25 lbs. tuna, etc…) hiking, canoeing, fending off bears from our trash and making S’mores. Studied poli sci and Engl. Comparative Lit and Russian Affairs in college; started law school, but the artist in me was so stifled that my 10 yr career as a paralegal came to a quick halt! So I incorporated my entertainment co. to pursue all things art: music, food, fashion, writing, philanthropy (hunger & music ed.). What more Ms. Buzz? Hmmm. I speak 3 languages, have spent a lot of time in Europe learning about, uhm, castles & Versailles. I’m an avid long distance cyclist and play a mean golf game (enter the encounter with Tiger in ‘97). I’m boring myself now. The most important thing is that I haven’t been to a Renaissance festival since I was about 10 and would really like to see these actors do their thang thang!

Really, did I bore you!?!? :) Cuz if not, there’s sooo much more! LOL! ;) Thanks for offering a break from all work I have going on right now… this was fun.


April 6th, 2010
3:34 pm

I would love to win tickets to the Renaissance Festival. My husband is an avid reader and game player of this time era and has been since he was a wee child. These tickets would be wonderful gift to him because we were planning our first trip to one of the dinner shows last year and he was called up to active duty to deploy to Afghanistan and we never got the chance to go.

Jeanette C

April 6th, 2010
5:43 pm

Aye! Tis the time of year for such wonderful festivities! Our family has visited the Realm many many moons ago when our Prince was a wee lad. We returned last year to celebrate “The Day of the Matriarch” and vowed to return every yar hence for such a celebration. Alas, an evil wench has eliminated my meager wages and the Kings Tax is taking any extra sixpense we have this year, making our adventure doubtful. Please, kind sir, consider my plea for the tickets! I assure you, they will be enjoyed by all!!

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April 7th, 2010
9:03 am

I teach history in high school and I spend a good day talking about the Tudors saga (makes for a good soap opera…oh wait…) within the time of the Renaissance and, yet, oddly enough, I’ve never been to the RenFest. So when I got that rare energetic group of kids this semester who knew about it, we tried for a field trip to go to their student day, which, I found out, covers pretty much the same things I talked about. Then the school said we could not go because the field trip money for our school had dried up (this was mid-March!). So while I wish I could take, perhaps I can lotto off two tickets for two of them to go (and of course, keep two for me so i can finally see what this is all about). However, if the kids call Anne of Cleves a horseface…well…yeah…let the King have mercy on them- they actually listened in class.

Shannon, M.Div.

April 7th, 2010
9:09 am

‘Tis been ten years exactly since my husband and I wed at Fairburn’s Renaissance Festival. My husband verily boasts many accomplishments and skills. He is a master worker on wondrous machines that talk, create pictures and figure sums–yet he is also silver-tongued, unlike many who share his preoccupation with those magical machines. His voice is like that of a bell, ringing clear and true on a melody; yet his heart is light, and he is always at the ready with a comment witty or droll.

We share a love of philosophy and matters of the realm; our discussions are both deep and broad. My hands are skilled on the hammering tones of a piano, and I have an abiding love of reading and learning on topics ranging from understanding miscreants to analysis of people when they group together in mutiny to the sending and receiving of coded messages. For now, I am apprenticed to masters in the hopes of learning the proud trade begun in Greece and continued e’er since: that of a guide to the most advanced of students of oratory. My tasks are often menial and strange as I assist those who have achieved what I desire most, but I delight in anticipation of being a master myself one day. Ah, but harken to my prating on and on. We will carouse at the festival no matter whether we take this prize or no, and perhaps there are others whose prose is more comely or whose story is more wondrous. Grammercy for thy attentions; now, by my faith, I must away.

(My husband is a systems analyst and programmer, and I am a Ph.D. student at Georgia State. We really did marry at the RenFest in 2000. Good luck to all posters!).

John H

April 7th, 2010
9:49 am

I have always had a love of that time period in history. The Knights and their Ladies and the honor the upheld. and also the castles. I often wonder what it would have been like to have lived during that time period. I have been wanting to go to the resturant in Gwinnett County to watch the Knights perform in their armor with their skills and their dress and the way they present themselfs. Its just something I have always wanted to do

Tim N

April 7th, 2010
11:02 am

Okay, so I could make up a story about how my Dad was a turkey farmer who raised turkeys to sell at the Renaissance Festival. At an early age I became addicted to fried turkey legs. Now, if I don’t get to go to the Renaissance Festival and get a fried turkey leg, I might not survive. However, I have no reason to pull your leg just to conive you into giving me the tickets to the Renaissance Festival. So here is the straight scoop. My wife (who has been to a Renaissance Festival before) and I just recently had a baby (who has never been to a Renaissance Festival). I myself, have never been to the Renaissance Festival either, but would very much like to go and experience what everyone else is talking about. I beleive the Renaissance Festival would be a most excellent source of entertainment and education–in fact, you could say the Renaissance Festival would be a great source of edutainment (wish I could take credit for coining that term, but no such luck). In addition, I beleive I have used the words: Renaissance Festival, more than anyone else in their story thus far. Therefore, I feel, I would be a most excellent recipient of the tickets to the Renaissance Festival.

Mena C

April 7th, 2010
11:08 am

I would like to attend the Renaissance Fest, but I doubt I could afford it since Georgia Power decided to increase rates again and Georgia Natural Gas has lost their minds with their rates. By the time I’m done paying the both of them, there are no ducketts left. Seems a shame to miss it since I live in the Camelot subdivision on Lady Guinevere Way – I should fit right in

Lady Rebecca

April 7th, 2010
11:09 am

The Renaissance is a grand time and something ye all look forward to! Alas, the sherrif has demanded more taxes, the selling of homes has vanished in all the land, little Daniel has leprosy, thy home is sorely in need of repairs, thy chickens are not laying eggs, and there are numerous mouths to feed. Please have mercy on your humble servant and afford us the honor of attending the festivities. We all shall be surely grateful dear Lords or Ladies if you consider thee.

John Adcox

April 7th, 2010
11:16 am

Kim D.

April 7th, 2010
11:33 am

No great story to tell, but my eleven year old is a history nut! He wants to be a history teacher when he grows up. While other kids are playing sports, he is battling evil knights with Sonic on his Wii. His favorite toy is a foam Nerf sword that looks as if it has seen better days. He also has Asperger’s Syndrome, so his interests are somewhat limited, but when he finds something he loves, he doesn’t let you forget about it. We took him to the Renaissance festival one year and he did not stop talking about it for weeks :-) He loved it!

Medieval Man

April 7th, 2010
11:41 am

The Renaissance festival is great fun and recommended, BUT if you think its in any way historically accurate, forget it! Its closer to early medieval with a lot of Monty Pythonish satire thrown in.


April 7th, 2010
11:46 am

I will not try to compete with the all the fancy speaking hopefuls! lol I will just spell it out as it is. I am disabled and my husband had 2 heart attacks in January. He is unable to work so we are living on my disability and struggling to make ends meet. We have both been very down lately due to our situation and we definitely need a lift! A visit to the festival would indeed be a blessing and give us a chance to think of something other than our troubles. Thanks for your kind consideration. By the way….check out my email address! The queen needs two tickets!! :)

Katie's Mom

April 7th, 2010
12:06 pm

My husband and I have been several times but not since my now 5 year old daughter was born. It is about time she went and made up her mind….to be a knight or a princess! She LOVES princess movies and to dress up but then the next thing I know she is running around the house with a sword and wants to SAVE THE WORLD! Help us to find out her true passion, beautful dresses or shinny swords!

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Maiden in Teal

April 7th, 2010
4:56 pm

I misseth ye not-so-olde Lost Boys!

Deborah Barwise (AbracaDeborah)

April 7th, 2010
9:29 pm

Ode to The Quintessential Renaissance Woman

I have been both dragon slayer and a damsel in distress.
Most often I’m a sultry wench, or the sweet princess.

A woman with varied passions, I’ve rubbed elbows with movie stars,
then turned around to lend a hand to folks living in their cars.

Been to California, Cozumel, the Cape, and Colorado
Done Manhattan, Maui, Mazatlan, and soon will see Fern Grotto.

I’ve been to Paris, London, Liechtenstein and, yes, even to Rome;
wandered near and far, and far and wide, but like it best at home.

My garden I tend with great care right up until the harvest
then cook, can, freeze, and pickle to share (with a bit of largess).

With a needle, I am handy and can mend or make a garment,
or knit, instead, a new one, if that’s your preferred bent.

So… where’s the “renaissance” you query, in these feminine ways?
Ah, just read on and you will see without further delay!

So, you’re hungry for more? A feast of fish, I’ll cook…
Once I catch and clean it (after baiting my own hook).

A leak in the pipes? With a wrench I can plumb it;
Or split firewood, or wire a socket.

With power tools, woodwork is mere child’s play.
Alas, this is not how I get to spend my day.

For the coin of the realm, I am an office drone,
Till the Spring of each year, when the Ren Fest I roam!

So I answer your summons with this in mind:
This renaissance woman you seek to find?

Lords and Ladies in the Kingdom of AJC,
look no further…, for I am she!

Captain Obvious

April 8th, 2010
9:19 am

Hey Medieval Man, your joking right? Its not all real and accurate? OMG I have been duped!


April 8th, 2010
12:20 pm

I found that i’ve always liked all things renaissance in nature, but since my son started playing the Nitendo’s “Legend Of Zelda” we’ve come to like the days of yore very, very much. We’ve visited the Renaissance Festival for the past two yeas and had a great time. Well, this year my son will be graduating high school and going off to slay his own dragons, fight for other damsels in distress,leaving ye ole mom alone. i would very much like to take in one more festival with him before life throws him a “smoked turkey leg” bone.