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Renaissance Festival Royalty Hangs Up Crown During Off-Season

Photo by Kayla Regan/KCUR.
Photo by Kayla Regan/KCUR.

Where do all those knights, peasants and assorted royalty go during the rest of the year?By Kayla Regan


BONNER SPRINGS, Ks. – The Kansas City Renaissance Festival ended its 35th season last weekend after a seven-week run. According to organizers, the festival attracts more than 150,000 people each year and is one of the largest of its kind in the country.

The Ren Fest cast includes more than 500 costumed actors, many of whom tried out in a rigorous four-day audition that included improv, dancing and choreographed fighting. For a lot of them, it's s a way of life.

KCUR's Kayla Regan looked into the double life of one of the Renaissance Festival's key characters, King Edward Jeremiah Plantagenet, aka, Jeremiah Boehr.

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