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Royal Merriment Get swept up in the peace, prosperity and fantasy of 1569 England over six weeks during the Oklahoma Renaissance Festival in Muskogee. By Donna Leahey

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For 14 days this month, Queen Elizabeth I will be entertaining suitors in her summer palace: The Castle of Muskogee. Step through the gates and you’re transported back to 1569 England where the queen has set up her court along with entertainers, merchants, and, of course, fair food.

include 15 stages, special events and a just-for-kids area known as the Woodlands.

This is the 23rd annual Oklahoma Renaissance Festival at the Castle. “We started out as a two-day festival,” explains Matt Hiller, marketing director and vice president of the Castle. “Now we run six weekends, Memorial Day, and a special student day [May 4].” The festival has grown to

If you want a brief return to modern day, you can visit the Cave. “The Cave is for plugged-in groups, so they don’t disrupt the feel of the rest of the festival,” says Hiller. “We’ve got several new artisans as well; 10 new artists with handcrafted goods. We’ve filled up every space possible.”

From bands, jugglers and dancers to a birds of prey exhibit, acrobats and fullcontact jousting, there’s always something taking place on the busy stages or the arena.

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