Children’s Festival set to transform Pioneer Park again |

Children’s Festival set to transform Pioneer Park again

The Children’s Festival returns Friday to Pioneer Park in Nevada City. The park will be transformed into a lively Renaissance Faire for children with more than 20 arts and crafts tables, strolling minstrels, face-painters, a bridge-guarding troll, a bevy of faeries, Pepper the Witch, medieval fencing, spinning demonstrations, Queen Elizabeth and her court, Mother Goose, and Claude, the life-sized mechanical dragon.

The Children’s Festival has become one of the premiere summer events for Nevada County families, with more than 2,000 children and adults attending.

“The Children’s Festival is a very special event that brings the community together to celebrate the magic of imagination,” said Festival Director Karen Nelson.

New this year is the Pirates of Sacramento “Pyrate Skool.” The group presents an interactive “edutainment” program to educate and entertain children of all ages about the various contributions of pirates to nautical history and seafaring tools, the unique “language” of pirates, instruction and practice of sea shanties, and an opportunity for hands on participation in a “ship-to-ship” or “ship-to’shore” dramatization They also offer games of chances and skill, stories and jokes, and help children to select their pirate name.

The Children’s Festival will also welcome back juggler Barry Friedman (of the Raspyni Brothers) who will be performing with his son, Zed, during the evening session.

The festival is a grassroots labor of love and for several months volunteers meet at weekly workshops to prepare the various arts and crafts and make decorations for the one-day celebration. At the festival, children will be able to make their own costumes, swords, shields, crowns, macaroni necklaces and magic wands. They will be able to engage in wood block construction, soapstone carving, magic art, Renaissance rubbings, solar art and clay modeling. There will be catapults and a medieval cardboard castle will be available for all to paint.

There is an entertainment stage with performances throughout the day, including Penney the Clown, the Harvest Home Revelers Sword Dancers, andmore. Each session will end with the Queen’s Procession and Festival Parade, and all attendees are invited to participate. Costumes are encouraged!

This year’s Children’s Festival will once again have two sessions, from 9 a.m. – noon and from 5 – 8 p.m. Admission to each session is $3. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

The festival is sponsored by the Nevada City Rotary Club and many local businesses – and is made possible by the more than 200 local volunteers who work tirelessly to bring this unique event to the children of Nevada County.

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