For the 16th year, a medieval kingdom will take over Sunset Park with lavishly costumed knights, knaves, fine ladies and wenches as Clark County Parks and Recreation presents the annual Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival, Oct. 9-11.

The festival is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 9 and 10, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 11 at Sunset Park, 2601 E. Sunset Road. Admission is $10 per day for adults and $5 per day for seniors and children ages 5 to 12. Ages 4 and younger are free. Three-day passes are available at Sunset Park on Friday only for $25 for adults or $10 for children (5-12) or seniors (55+).

Several stages will feature entertainment with costumed performers presenting more than 50 shows per day along with historical re-enactments, jousting tournaments, medieval pageantry and more than 100 artisans – including blacksmiths, stained glass designers, jewelers, wood workers, toy makers, perfume blenders, stone carvers and sword, dagger and armor craftsman – to demonstrate and sell their wares. Authentic food, from fish and chips to an English feast, also will be available as well as beer and ales for adults with proper identification.

Headlining the main stage at this year’s fair are The Prodigals, Swagger and local favorites The Wild Celts. The Prodigals may be straight out of New York, but band members Dave Fahy, guitar and vocals; Gregory Grene, button accordion and vocals; Chris Higginbottom, drums; Ed Kollar, bass; and Darren Maloney, banjo, grew up largely in Ireland. The Prodigals’ funky and anarchic energy burst out of New York, making the band one of the most successful bands to emerge out of the East Coast Irish scene. Recently, the band’s music was featured in the film “Pride and Glory.”

Swagger was born out of the need to create music in a serene place, but the music is anything but serene. “Texas” Rick Butler bounced around in original and cover bands in California before finding his way to the bouncy pub songs of his own Irish band. Upon moving to Salt Lake City in 2006, Butler created Swagger to fill the void. The band, recognized by its signature kilts, is made up of Butler, guitar, vocals and mandolin; Dennis Harrington, fiddle; Stephan Wallace, bass; Sam Cottrell, lead guitar; and Mark Mottonen, drums.

The Wild Celts is one of Las Vegas‘ most popular Irish rock bands, selling 20,000 CDs locally and abroad. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the band plays to more than 100,000 people annually.

Along with concerts all weekend, the fair will host a royal parade with kings, queens, warriors and peasants on Saturday and Sunday. The festival also offers full-contact jousting tournaments; no-holds-barred gladiator battles; black powder demonstrations, strolling minstrels, contortionists, magicians, storytellers, jokers, jugglers, flame eaters, belly dancers, trained parrots and pirates. Additional attractions include bow and arrow and axe target games, medieval barber and surgeon demonstrations and Renaissance guilds. In the 16th Century Village, German, Italian, Ottoman Turk, French, Celtic, Polish and British military encampments meet on the Field of Honor for battle.

No carry-in food or beverages, pets, lawn chairs or weapons are allowed inside the festival area. Patrons may bring one sealed bottle of water. No unauthorized vending, concessions, merchandise, literature or promotions allowed. Any participants in costume must have all related props or weapons peace tied, or those items will be denied at time of entry. No re-entry is allowed.

Event sponsors include the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Miller Lite, 98.5 KLUC, KXNT News Radio 840, 107.5 Xtreme Radio, My LVTV, The CW Las Vegas, 100.5 Jack FM, Mix 94.1 FM and KYDZ Radio. Those interested in the Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival can call 702-455-8200 or visit the Web site at


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Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability.  With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 15th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to more than 2 million citizens and 44 million visitors a year. Included are the nation’s 7th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to almost 900,000 residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development. In 2009, Clark County celebrates a “century of service.”

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