Great Plains Renaissance Festival to feature tomato hurling

Plan to get involved in the great fun of having a food fight this spring when you attend the Great Plains Renaissance Festival which is planned for this weekend at the Sedwick County Park.

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Wear old clothes and a hat and get ready to duck as the tomato tossing event has been added to the schedule at the Festival and it will be a great silly time. The celebration works to pay tribute to medieval traditions and for two days, you can be transported in time to an earlier day when men were men and tomatoes were thrown. The celebrations will include rounds of jousting and Celtic dancing and singing, alongside of the many vendors peddling their wars such as mead and turkey legs.

The tossing of the tomatoes is a new event this year and it is called Tomato Justice. The game will begin with jesters in full costume, tossing jibes and insults at passersby. Those who are offended, or not, can then purchase tomatoes and retaliate against the smart mouth japes by throwing the tomatoes at the jesters.

Festival organizers have decided that the new events will add a great whimsical element to the festival. They are the same group that is responsible for the Highland Games in Wichita each summer as well as the Celtic Festival and they are now lending their talents to putting together the Renaissance event. The event is planning to feature some of the general Highland Game competitions such as the caber toss and the plan is that in following years this is an aspect that will be well expanded and will include far more contests of strength.

The festival is known to draw crowds as large as 20,000 attendees over the run of two days and this year there will be two additional stages added to house entertainment. One stage will feature primarily children’s entertainment and activities with musical talents from performers like Three Pints Gone or The Musical Blades. Many of the well loved activities will also return like the popular jousting show, the Birds of Prey exhibition and there will be plenty to eat and drink at the food stations. Visit the many vendors to purchase various trinkets and crafts.

Festivities will begin at 10 in the morning and will continue until 6 pm on both Saturday and Sunday and all activities will be held at Sedwick County Park. Admission costs will be $11 for adults and $5 for children twelve and under. Tickets purchased in advance will receive on free child’s admission for each adult ticket purchased.

Also plan to participate in the PBR Velocity Tour that is coming up that evening as well where bronco busters will attempt to ride the bucking bulls at the Intrust Arena on Saturday night. This event starts at 7:30 pm and tickets start at $17 to $52.

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