Steering Column April 3

If last week’s column did not find you with enough options for activities this coming weekend, here are a few more items to add to your list …

The city of Austin once again plays host to the Lonestar Rod and Kustom Roundup April 4-6. The majority of the show has now been moved to the Travis County Expo Center, but there is still plenty of activity into the evening hours down on South Congress, especially around the Continental Club. More info at

In addition to all of the NASCAR excitement filling Texas Motor Speedway April 3-6, the 8th annual Chevy Thunder returns to Fort Worth April 4-5. This year’s event will be in Stockyards Station and will offer fans interactive displays, opportunities to meet some of NASCAR’s top Team Chevy drivers, a monster Silverado, an offroad consumer ride and drive area, live entertainment and more. More information can be found at http://www.chevythunder
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For those of you looking to rub elbows with royalty, the Scarborough Faire Rennaisance Festival opens April 5 in Waxahachie and runs through Memorial Day.

From their website at http://www.scarboroughrenfest. com:
Dates and times: Saturdays, Sundays and Memorial Day Monday, April 5-May 26, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Ticket Prices: Regular admission: $19.99 adults, $6.50 children (ages 5-12), children 4 and under are free.
Discount tickets are available at Metroplex Tom Thumb and Austin-area Randalls locations.
Season passes: $70 adults, $15 children (ages 5-12).
Discount group and consignment programs are available.
Annual attendance: 200,000.

Festival facts
• Began in 1981;
• The Festival runs eight consecutive weekends and Memorial Day Monday each spring;
• Scarborough Renaissance Festival is a Renaissance-themed festival based on the year 1533, during the reign of England’s King Henry VIII;
• Scarborough Festival is a 35-acre “village” (larger than most area shopping malls) within a 167-acre site;
• The festival employs more than 2,000 performers, artisans, food service people, grounds crew and retail staff during the course of a season;
• The festival is a privately held company owned by the same two families since its inception;
• 21 stages with over 200 performances daily;
• Three Full Combat Jousts take place each day;
• 150 primarily volunteer members of the Scarborough Academy of Performing Arts make up the performing company that become the “characters” of Scarborough including our very own King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn;
• Daily falconry demonstrations are conducted by John Karger of Last Chance Forever Wildlife Conservatory;
• 200 permanent shoppes feature unique handmade wares made by artisans from around the country;
• Scarborough Renaissance Festival is one of the largest outdoor “juried” craft shows in the country;
• Each day, artisans demonstrate ancient arts such as glassblowing, blacksmithing, candlemaking, printing on a Guttenberg Press, leather crafting, broomaking, armor making, coin minting and more;
• More than 20 tons of the Festival’s famous giant turkey legs are devoured annually during the eight-weekend season;
• Non-traditional foods such as hand made pastas, seafood, stir fry, steak-on-a-stick, Scott’s eggs, Italian Ice, etouffee, empanadas, fajitas, meatball sandwiches, baklava, quiche, pastries and more than 60 other hearty foods make up the culinary adventure at Scarborough Renaissance Festival;
• Five food court areas (kitchens) are strategically located throughout the festival, each offering a completely different menu selection;
• Seven pubs and taverns offer hearty ales, variety of beers, wine, mead and frozen favorites;
• Student Days at Scarborough Renaissance Festival are when more than 30,000 students and teachers visit on educational field trips during two days each May when the Festival is open exclusively to schools;
• You really can marry a knight in shining armor; more than 20 royal renaissance weddings are held during the festival each year.

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