Alabama Renaissance Feast & Faire
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Since it's humble beginning in October 1987, the Alabama Renaissance Faire has grown into a much-anticipated annual event that attracts thousands to Fountain-on the-Green (aka Wilson Park) on the fourth weekend of October. Expanding its offerings over time, the Roundtable now sponsors a free costume-making workshop on the second Saturday in October; a Renaissance Feast on the evening of the third Saturday, and a series of medieval/Renaissance-related lectures at the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library on the first three Sunday afternoons.
To maintain and promote its ties to schools, the Roundtable sponsors medieval/Renaissance related visual art contest for students in grades K-6, and a sonnet writing contest for students in grades 7-12. A chess tournament for local schools is also done, with the winners squaring off at the Faire itself on that Saturday morning. October is definitely Renaissance Month in Florence, AL!
Billy Warren, a Florence native, loves his city and was one of the Renaissance Faire founders in 1987. He taught high school history and English in Florence city schools and retired as curriculum director. In 2016, he was appointed city historian.