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Oregon Renaissance Faire will tap into the cosplay realm on opening weekend, announces Oregon Celtic Festival

In 2020, the Oregon Renaissance Faire will up its game, offering something unique and potentially exciting to the Vale of Dunrose.

This year's faire, running Saturday and Sunday, Jun 6-7 and 13-14, will have an opening weekend unlike anything most folks have seen. Organizers will roll out their first RenCon Cosplay Adventure, tapping into the world of cosplay and comic con. The result, said Shana Casey, marketing director, should be a lot of fun.

"Basically, we are mixing the fun of the CON with the Oregon Renaissance Faire," said Casey. "We realized that this (cosplay) was a market we really weren't reaching very well and with the emergence of comics, movies, TV, anime and more, we saw that potential. We did it in Washington last year (Midsummer Renaissance Faire) and it was one of our biggest weekends we'd had.

"People get so creative," she added. "Deadpool showed up as a knight, or (Star Wars) stormtroopers come dressed in period outfits. It was so much fun, so we thought we would try it (in Canby) and see what happens. We'll probably have a lot of people in 'The Witcher' outfits."

The RenCon Cosplay Adventure will be part of the overall Oregon Renaissance Faire, an event that attracted 17,000 people over two weekends a year ago – about 6,000 more than the previous year.

Tapping into the cosplay crowd, and the potential costume mash-ups that might ensue, could push those numbers even higher in 2020.

For more information, or to buy tickets, check the website at www.oregonfaire.com.

JOHN BAKER - This year's Oregon Renaissance Faire returns to Canby's fairgrounds wiht some fun addition, as the announcement that a Celtic music festival is coming in September.

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!

That not all that's happening with Oregon Renaissance Festival organizers. They have announced that the Clackamas County Event Center will also be the home of this year's inaugural Oregon Celtic Festival Sept. 18-20.

"Visitors can expect a celebration of Celtic music and culture," said Casey. "There will be traditional and contemporary Celtic music and we've got some famous musicians coming in, as well as local musicians. There will be a lot of hands-on stuff for kids and more interactive things to enjoy."

The Celtic event will have little of the Renaissance Faire vibe, instead focusing on music and culture. The event will include camping, food, mead and whiskey tasting, as well as other fun to experience.

"I'm very excited," said Casey. "It's different. I think people will really enjoy it."

For more information, check the website at orcelticfest.com.


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