Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
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Monday, October 19, 2020

2020 Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Faire canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

Delightful damsels, courtly knights and bawdy wenches are common sights during the usually annual Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Faire.

The annual Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Faire, the most profitable fundraiser for the Education Foundation of Lake County, has been canceled due to concerns about the coronavirus, organization and Lake County officials announced in a press release Friday.

The event, which draws thousands of visitors to Lake County, was originally scheduled for the first two weekends in November.

During the five days of the Renaissance Faire, attendees are taken back to the time of Shakespeare and enjoy period music, live performances, activities, food, and vendors. They also meet characters from the 17th century who engage with them and even lead participants in an interactive game to solve a mystery.

“After careful consideration and consultation with many parties involved with the event, we came to the heartbreaking conclusion that we cannot move forward with the Ren Faire and ensure the health and safety of our attendees, volunteers, vendors and cast,” says Executive Director of the Education Foundation of Lake County Carmen Cullen in a statement. “This is the latest and biggest fundraiser that we have canceled this year. It will have a serious impact on our ability to fund programs that support the success of Lake County teachers and students.”

Interactive virtual activities surrounding the canceled 2020 Lady of the Lakes Faire will be planned for later this fall. The 2021 event has been scheduled for November 5, 6, 7,13 and 14.

“Additionally, we will announce a new special event for the 2021 Renaissance Faire that will be an exciting addition to the fun and interactive activities the event is known for,” Carmen says.

“The Bubonic Plague closed the Globe Theater in 1593, 1603 and 1608. Now this coronavirus has closed our wonderful faire,” says Lord Edward, proprietor of Lord Edward’s Pub and provider of bawdy entertainment at the Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Faire. “My sole comfort is knowing that next year’s event will be even better. I hope others join me in designating the shillings they would have spent at the Faire to supporting the programs that help our children and teachers.”

The Education Foundation of Lake County accepts donations on its website at LakeRenFaire.com, by mail at 2045 Pruitt Street, Leesburg, FL 34748, or by calling 352-326-1265.

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