Guten Tag from the Koroneburg Festival history awaits you at every step.
I was invited to attend opening day at the festival, all opinions are my own.
When I found out there was another local renaissance festival in Corona well I jumped at the chance to attend. After all me and my daughter did get new dresses for this years fair season from our friends at Majestic Velvets, so we were ready to mix right in with the 'locals" of the fair, again. The Koroneburg Old World Festival, now in it's 18th year has a Euro- German theme that will surely take you back to another time and place.
The event location is a fixed feature on 120 acres in Corona with established buildings and arenas that are built, run, maintained and owned by each individual shop keeper. This gives the town a totally authentic feel and variety for the attendees to enjoy. From jousting to archery and lots of children's activities there is something for everyone and a story to go along with each of them.
Neat fact: Many of the actors and guild members actually live right on the fairs grounds for the duration of the festival in tents ranging to small to very large ones. So neat! And the Spanish Guild alone has 40 members participating in this years fair. Talk about living in history.
Just a couple of our favorite acts from the fair shown above. The Washing Well Wenches, what can I say such delightful and classically trained ladies, NOT. A must see in when visiting...such a hilarious show, just loved it. Happy Toad shop owner and magician extraordinaire Michael "Cool" Rhodes entertained the crowds with magic, tricks and his jokes all with the participation of the audience.
The actors, vendors, and all the guild members at the fair were extremely friendly and eager to talk about their respective areas, its a very family friendly event full of learning opportunities.
Old world rides, dancing and archery are just a few of the activities we took part in a the fair. There are tons more things to do for both boys and girls. They also have games, crafts and a variety of items the kids can touch all while learning about the past in the fresh air, unplugged!
- I can't find many issues with this event on a whole for children with ASD. My girl being high functioning is very well adapted to events of this kind and really enjoyed this fair.
- The crafts and activities are all at your own pace and you can pick and choose what you want to be involved with. The variety ranges to riding the swing (which my daughter said was her favorite) to more difficult archery where they are very patient and helpful.
- Costumes are worn by both patrons and fair workers, some might be a bit dramatic but everyone we experienced conducted themselves very appropriately for this family friendly fair.
- One con I can see maybe being an issue is the firing of the cannons. The schedule has the times so you can prime your child ahead of time. My girl was not affected by them. There is also a gun range near by and can be heard from certain parts of the fairs grounds, but that too was not loud at all.
Few things to know about the event. Most activities are included in the admission price like the candle and doll making, but there are ones that have a separate cost like the archery, rides and some of the games. Check the daily schedule so you don't miss out on an activity you want to see and plan accordingly. The ticket booth acts as an ATM and many of the shopkeepers accept credit cards/ATM as well but I would bring a little bit of cash for the smaller activities. Parking is $5.00 or pay $10.00 for VIP and park right in front of the entrance. I would suggest getting there early, it's cooler and you can make sure to see all the shows since some overlap each other. Oh children 5 and under get in free!
One last thing, costumes! This is a great excuse to get dressed up to make it a fun and memorable experience for the entire family. Anything goes from pirates to faires and gypsies and of course any renaissance outfit! Don't have anything, well they have many shops there to gear you up if not.
I would like to thank the Koroneburg Old World Renaissance Festival for having me and my daughter . And a special shout out to Michael Rhodes, the talented and amazing joke telling magician ( wink wink) for the personal tour of the fair's amenities. So happy we found out about this festival, we really enjoyed it.
The Koroneburg fair is running now thru June 21st weekends and Memorial Day May 25th
See site for hours and special discounts for members of the military every weekend. Also check for other discounts/specials and limited events on their site.