Renaissance Faire returneth!

Mitchell See

Get ready to break out the green tights this summer – the Chippewa Valley Renaissance Faire is back after a one-summer absence. The faire grounds have been acquired by Wisconsin Festival Grounds Incorporated, who plan to add various improvements to the look and feel of the festival, while building off of the considerable work of the previous owners. They’ve brought in people who have run similar shows for years in places like Boston and Chicago. Basically, they feel that the foundation for success is already laid; they just need to provide the talent and create the atmosphere to make it happen.

The new owners plan on using the grounds as a “multi-event space,” saying the  Chippewa Falls location could not only be used as a Renaissance Faire, but also a Wild West Show, a Halloween Scream Fest, and a possible place to host concerts. The 128-acre site near Hallie Park boasts 50 buildings and shoppes, three pubs, six stages, a horse arena, and several food vendor locations. Not to mention tons of parking space, a nice-sized campground.

The Renaissancey part will run from May 22 until June 20. Check out the new site.