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Renaissance musicians entertain at a previous Renaissance Festival in Summerville, Ga. / Summerville Main Street Contributed Photo

Royalty, knights, minstrels and fairies will be found on the streets of Summerville, Georgia, during the fifth annual Summerville Mini Renaissance Festival on Saturday, Nov. 2.

Festivities kick off at 11 a.m. with a welcome from King Henry VIII in Dowdy Park. Merriment will run from Dowdy Park, 170 Veterans Memorial Drive, to the Summerville Depot, 120 E. Washington St.

Renaissance performers from Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina will delight festivalgoers with 34 live musical and special acts on four stage areas throughout Dowdy Park and at the historic Couey House. Tipping the actors is highly encouraged.

New interactive children's experiences in the Summerville Depot Freight Room include a knighting ceremony by the king, tea party with Fairy Grandmother and tall tales with the Troll King. Additional children's games will be available in the Dowdy Park area.

Traditional Renaissance foods — such as turkey legs, jerky and meat on a stick — will be plentiful along with other tasty foods. Over 35 artists and crafters will sell handcrafted items and offer services such as hair braiding and face painting.

To close out the festival, a traditional pub sing with all the entertainers will be held inside the Summerville Depot from 4 to 5 p.m.

This free community event will be held rain or shine. Spectators are encouraged to wear costumes to add to the fun of the experience.

Train fans will enjoy the arrival of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum passenger train, scheduled to pull into the depot at 1 p.m. A turning of the antique steam engine on the Summerville Turntable will follow for spectators to enjoy.

Classic car enthusiasts won't want to miss the North Georgia Cruisers Cruise-In on East Washington Street from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Owners of classic, muscle and vintage vehicles are encouraged to participate. Admission is free.

 

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