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Renaissance Festival – Best Show of the Year!

It’s here! One of our highlight events of the year is just around the corner. Please consider working a shift during the FIVE WEEKENDS that this wonderful event runs. Not only will you help greyhounds get into good homes, bring in some donation funds that we so sorely need, but you’ll get to go play at the 16th century festival when you’re not working the booth. And the food – oh my! Turkey Legs and Elephant Ears and Frozen Cheesecake on a stick – Heaven on earth!

Ren-Fest is held at Quiet Waters Park in Broward County. Between 10th and Hillsboro on Powerline Road in Deerfield Beach, Quiet Waters is incredibly convenient to the Sawgrass Expessway, the Florida Turnpike and just a quick drive west of I-95. It’s a festival worth traveling for.  (If Ren-Fest is too far for you – watch the blog.  South Miami Art Show is 2/26 & 27)

Our tent is on the road into the festival so we get to see all of the costumes and characters up close and personal and you can bring your greyhounds. Volunteers are welcome to come in Ren-Fest dress but not required. And you don’t need to speak in olde English either. We will be there every Saturday and Sunday and President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 21st. The show opens at 10 AM but we need to have a crew at the tent to open it by 9 AM because the crowds start milling about by 9:30 and that’s a great time to chat with the regulars about adopting a greyhound!

Each weekend has a theme. The first weekend, February 12 & 13, is Romance weekend (All’s Fayre in Love and War) and features a “Pope’s Vow Renewal Ceremony”.

Second weekend, Feb 19 & 20 is Pirates’ Weekend and features a Pirate Costume Contest. (You’ll usually find me front and center for pirate weekend – Woo Hoo!).  The following Monday is President’s Day, Feb 21st and Ren-Fest will be open and will be discounted for all the student groups (schools, scouts, etc.).  We’ll need some patient people and dogs to help that day, too.

The third weekend (Feb 26 & 27) is Medieval Menagerie and they’re advertising a Pet Costume Contest. We may need to find out more about that! Followed on March 5 & 6 by the most popular weekend of all. Weekend #4 is Wenches Weekend! Always a favorite with the male volunteers, this year’s theme features a “Bodacious Bodice” contest! My biggest job that weekend is making sure the guys don’t drop the leashes when the ladies bend over to pet the dogs!

Weekend #5, March 12 & 13, is “Kiss the Blarney Stone”, Celtic/ Irish Weekend and features a “Men in Kilts” contest. This is the last weekend which means we’ll need extra help because it will be busy. It also means we’ll need help breaking down the tent and bringing home all the “stuff” that it takes to keep that booth going for five weekends. I can really use some manpower and vehicles that evening.

Shifts will be broken into 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM and 2:00 PM to 7 PM. Please let Steve Holloway, our new Volunteer Coordinator, know if you can volunteer at the booth and if you will be bringing a dog or two. Be aware that when the show opens at 10 AM, they set off a small cannon and it can be scary for the dogs. They have done the cannon for closing too but they don’t always. We’ll have crates there and will be happy to dogsit for you if you want to go into the show when you are done volunteering or before your shift.

This show is a wonderful market for us. It generally draws a good class of people with a little more education and financial stability. That’s our market for this dogs. Please help us reach them by taking a shift or two at the tent. (I kid you not, the time just flies by!) Steve Holloway can be reached by emailing volunteer@FriendsOfGreyhounds.org or calling 954.661.3197. (Email works best in case he’s busy doing something silly like earning a living.) I hope I’ll see you there!