Bristol Renaissance Faire

Bristol Renaissance Faire

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Bristol Renaissance Faire ("Bristol") is a Renaissance fair held in the village of Bristol, Wisconsin, near Kenosha, Wisconsin, that recreates the visit of Queen Elizabeth I to the port city of Bristol in the year 1574. The Faire plays in a permanent park with most buildings permanent year-round structures, and runs for nine weekends July through September. Ron Scot Fry was a successful entertainment director of the fair for many seasons, leaving in 2008.


The Bristol Renaissance Faire was founded in 1972 by the late Richard Shapiro and his wife Bonnie as "King Richard's Faire." The event was a four-weekend fair and drew approximately 10,000 people.Renaissance Magazine, Vol. 2, #1, Issue #5, Spring 1997 Initially, it was generically historic, but through the 1970s and 1980s non-historical fantasy-based elements steadily increased, with trolls, satyrs, and many Tolkien-inspired features, such as a Hobbit hole, Sindarin-speaking elves, and wizard battles.

In 1989, the Shapiros sold the fair to Renaissance Entertainment Corporation and the fair re-opened as the Bristol Renaissance Faire with a more historical approach. The fantasy elements were banished under the new ownership. The reigning monarch became Queen Elizabeth I rather than the fictional "King Richard", and the year was set at 1574. Costumes became more focused and authentic, and a serious attempt at historicity was made. At that time, the fair...
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