Contests & Promotions

 

Coloring Book Contest

All those who wish to share their creativity are invited to partake in the 2017 Coloring Book Contest! We now have both Adult (14 & up) and Child (13 & under) divisions, so any age is welcome to submit a coloring page!

Coloring page submissions should be an intricate illustration with a Renaissance subject. Be creative! A Renaissance theme could mean feasting, dancing, royalty, mermaids, fairies, jousting, juggling, pirates, and so much more!

Adult entries will be judged on the overall quality of both the picture and the subject, and how these combined elements represent the spirit of the Renaissance Festival.

Child entries will be judged on the quality and subject as well, but age will be taken into consideration to allow for an array of ages to be represented in the book.

*Check back with us soon for more information*

 

Mural Competition

If you have ever dreamed of creating a work of art and having it displayed to the public, this is the perfect opportunity for you. Get creative and show off your artistic skills by painting and submitting a unique Renaissance-themed mural! Pieces entered into the competition will be hung up and presented to the public – everyone who enters the Festival will witness your craft!

FREE to enter! Additionally, you will receive 2 FREE Admission tickets for participating.

Murals can be dropped off at the following times:

Friday, Aug. 18 from 12-5 p.m.

Opening Weekend – Aug. 19-20 from 9-5 p.m.

  • All murals should be dropped off at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival site. Use the entrance off HWY 41. There will be signs directing you to where they need to be dropped off.
  • Be sure your name and age is in the bottom right corner of your mural.
  • Your tickets will be at Will Call (outside King’s Gate) under the name on your application for pick-up.

Grand Prize: $250 cash, 2018 Season Pass and Renaissance T-shirt

Deadlines: Forms are due by Aug. 18. Murals are due Aug. 19.

Download the form (PDF format – You will need Adobe Acrobat to read it)

Please complete the form and mail to:

Attention: Mural Competition
1244 S Canterbury Road, Suite 306
Shakopee, MN 55379
Via e-mail: marketing@renaissancefest.com
Via fax: 952-445-7380

 

 

Fairy House Competition

 

All patrons, big and small, are invited to make your own unique Fairy House! Be creative and build a wonderful place for our winged friends to live. Share it with us at our Once Upon a Time Weekend, Aug. 26-27.

FREE to participate. Prizing TBD

*Houses can be dropped off on Friday (Aug. 25) afternoon or before 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday*

Download the form (PDF format – You will need Adobe Acrobat to read it)

Please complete the form and mail to:

Attention: Fairy House Competition
1244 S Canterbury Road, Suite 306
Shakopee, MN 55379
Via e-mail: marketing@renaissancefest.com
Via fax: 952-445-7380

 

 

Fantasy Mask Competition

Exquisite designs hide mischievous secrets. Show us your creativity in our annual Fantasy Mask competition where any and all materials are acceptable. This includes, but is not limited to: paint, beads, feathers, latex, clay, leather, and so much more! Once your masterpiece is finished bring it with you during our Once Upon a Time Weekend where you’ll be asked to model it on the Pavilion Stage!

Prizes will be awarded to the judges’ favorites for both categories: Adult & Child

FREE to participate

*Check back with us soon for more information*

 

Cupcake Battle

Grab your apron. Shine your spoons. Fluff your batter! Join us for our annual Cupcake Battle to see whose clever mixing of sugar and frosting will claim victory this year! We’re looking for the most delicious cupcake in the entire Realm!

Grand Prize: $250

Cost to Enter: $15/person and includes FREE admission to the Festival

Download the formAdult (PDF format – You will need Adobe Acrobat to read it)

Download the formChild (PDF format – You will need Adobe Acrobat to read it)

Please complete the form and mail to:

Attention: Cupcake Battle
1244 S Canterbury Road, Suite 306
Shakopee, MN 55379
Via e-mail: marketing@renaissancefest.com
Via fax: 952-445-7380

 

 

Longbow Competition

Come one! Come all! Show off your steady hand and deliberate aim at our annual Longbow Competition! Eliminate all of your competitors to see if you’ve got what it takes. Only the best will be awarded the highest of honors and bragging rights among their fellow archers.

To Enter: Fill out Registration Form (insert registration form link) or email us at renfestintern@renaissancefest.com

Download the form (PDF format – You will need Adobe Acrobat to read it)

Please complete the form and mail to:

Attention: Longbow Competition
1244 S Canterbury Road, Suite 306
Shakopee, MN 55379
Via e-mail: marketing@renaissancefest.com
Via fax: 952-445-7380

 

 

Belly Dance Competition

Shake your hips all the way over to the Shepherd’s Green Stage for your chance to participate in the belly dance competition! Dahlal Internationale will be awarding prizes to the best dancers. The event is free and all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate. Time TBA

Download the form (PDF format – You will need Adobe Acrobat to read it)

*Check back with us soon for more information*

 

 

Bocce Ball Tournament

Hold your stein for as long as you can! Steins will be filled with water and contestants must hold the stein with their arm fully extended perpendicular to the body. Come to Shepherd’s Green to join the competition! Time TBA.

Download the form (PDF format – You will need Adobe Acrobat to read it)

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Beard Competition

Patrons proud of their finely trimmed and manicured beards can enter into the Beard Competition! The most appealing beards will win prizes from Yarn Wenches Affliction in the categories of Longest Beard, Grizzliest (Fullest) Beard, Most Unique Beard, Best Mustache, and Best Trimmed Beard. The competition will take place at the Pavilion Stage. Time TBA!

*Check back with us soon for more information*

Steampunk Costume Contest

Combine your science fiction knowledge with steam-powered 19th century aesthetic to create the best Steampunk costume of the Realm! Held daily on the Shepherd’s Green Stage. Prizes will be awarded to the audience’s top pick! Time TBA

*Check back with us soon for more information*

Tattoo Competition

Do you think you have the best ink in the Realm? Find out at the Tattoo Competition, daily on the Shepherd’s Green Stage! Entry is free and prizes from Jackalope Tattoo will be awarded to the best tattoos in each category: most unusual/unique, best arm/leg sleeve, best portrait, best fantasy/medieval, and people’s choice. Time TBA

*Check back with us soon for more information*

Spaghetti Eating Competition

Slurp your way to victory at the Spaghetti Eating Contest. Find your way to the Shepherd’s Green Stage for the kid’s and adult competitions. Time TBA

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Wooing Contest

Share the pick-up line that swept your soulmate off their feet! Bring your smooth talk to the Shepherd’s Green Stage and let the audience decide which line is the best! Time TBA

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Chocolate Pie Eating Competition

Dive face first into French Silk Pies provided by Baker’s Square during the Chocolate Pie Eating Contest on the Shepherd’s Green Stage. All messy eaters are welcome to participate and prizes will be awarded to the fastest eaters! Time TBA

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Dog PB Licking Contest

What better treat for your dog than to get the chance at winning a contest that involves peanut butter! Enjoy this free entertainment of the excited pups licking every inch covered in peanut butter and decide which one you think will win. Contest will be held daily on the Shepherd’s Green Stage. Time TBA

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Pirate Costume Contest

Don your best pirate costume and wander over to Shepherd’s Green at for the costume contest. The audience will choose the best dressed adult and child and prizes will be awarded to the top winners. Time TBA

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Pumpkin Pie Eating Competition

Put yourself to the test in the Pumpkin Pie eating contest. Be the first to down your share of delicious pie for FREE. Held daily on the Pavilion Stage. Time TBA

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Mashed Potato Eating Contest

Calling all mashed potato lovers! Your quest, if you choose to accept it, is to eat a bowl of mashed potatoes faster than the other competitors.  This competition will take place on the Shepherd’s Green Stage! Time TBA

*Check back with us soon for more information*

Sauerkraut Eating Competition

All patrons fit for the challenge can fill their belly with a German favorite at the Sauerkraut Eating Competition. Bring your appetite to the Pavilion Stage each day to compete and win prizes! Time TBA

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Bier Pong

Grab a beer and a partner to compete in the Bier Pong Tournaments in Shepherd’s Green. Sign up is free and will take place 15 minutes prior to the tournaments in the field. Come win some prizes just by drinking beer!

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Pet Costume Contest Rules

Think your furry friend has the best costume? Enter them in our Pet Costume Contest for a chance to win pet prizes! The contest will be held daily on the Shepherd’s Green Stage. Time TBA

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Kilt Competition

Cheer loud for your favorite contestant and enjoy the unique traditional Celtic dress. This event will be held on the Shepherd’s Green stage daily. Time TBA

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Lederhosen & Dirndl Costume Contest

Fasten your beer helmet, lace up your dirndl and adjust your lederhosen. Now that you’re ready for Oktoberfest head over to the Shepherd’s Green Stage for our costume contest! Time TBA

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Stein Holding Competition

Hold your stein for as long as you can! Steins will be filled with water and contestants must hold the stein with their arm fully extended perpendicular to the body. Come to Shepherd’s Green to join the competition! Time TBA.

*Check back with us soon for more information*

Stein Holding Competition

Hold your stein for as long as you can! Steins will be filled with water and contestants must hold the stein with their arm fully extended perpendicular to the body. Come to Shepherd’s Green to join the competition! Time TBA.

*Check back with us soon for more information*

 

 

 

 

 

Other Contests – More Information Coming Soon!

Highland Fling – August 19 & 20

  • Kilt Competition – Show off your style and twirl your way to victory with the best Kilt in all the lands

Once Upon a Time – August 26 & 27

  • Steampunk Costume Competition – Show off your bad self and see who has the most futuristic style of gears and metal. Everyone is eligible who has a costume and will show off their costumes during this weekend event.
  • Bloomers & Tights 5K – Whether they be goofy or intricate we want to see EVERYBODY’S BLOOMERS as they run themselves to victory in this first ever Renaissance 5K!
  • PRIDE WEEKEND – Come show us your PRIDE by wearing orange or purple and receive $3 off your admission ticket.

International Bazaar September 2, 3, & 4 (Labor Day)

  • Belly Dance Competition – Sway your hips and move your feet in an exotic dance that entices the crowd in our annual Belly Dance Competition! (Lessons will also be available during this weekend).
  • Tattoo Competition – Let us see your INK!
  • Bocce Ball Tournament – Grab a team of two or four and compete for who is can bocce the best in all the realm.
  • Magic Tournament (Monday) – We already know that you’re magical, but show us some tricks!
  • Spaghetti Eating Competition – Widen your mouths and stuff your faces! The fastest mouth will be victorious!

Wine, Chocolate & Romance

  • Wooing Contest – Finally those dashing and creative pick-up lines will come in handy.
  • Chocolate Pie Eating Contest – Stuff your face with the best chocolate pie in the Kingdom!! The most pie eaten will be VICTORIOUS and full.

Pets & Pirates

  • Peanut Butter Licking Contest– Which canine has the fastest tongue? Come watch some adorable dogs compete as they blissfully indulge in a spoonful of peanut butter.
  • Wiener Dog Races – It’s a proven fact that the shorter the leg the faster they run!
  • Pirate Costume Contest– Break out your parrots and eye-patches! The best pirate garb will leave all the other scallywags saying AAArgh!
  • Dog Costume Contest– We are looking for the most festive pup around! Will your pooch take the crown?
  • Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest – Thanksgiving is coming early and as we whip those pies we need mouths to shove them in!

Shamrocks & Shenanigans

  • Mashed Potato Eating Contest– Get ready to smash some mash into your face for the ultimate bragging rights!
  • Kilt Competition – Show off your style and twirl your way to victory with the best Kilt in all the lands

Festival Friday

  • Magic the Gathering Competition 
  • Dungeons & Dragons

Oktoberfest

  • Beard Competition – Who has the poofiest, fluffiest, most clean cut and scruffy beard in all the lands?? Come find out or enter if you think you do!
  • Wiener Dog Races – It’s a proven fact that the shorter the leg the faster they run!
  • Sauerkraut Eating Contest – Tap into your true German side and see how much Saukeraut you can shovel into your mouth.
  • Bier Pong Tournament! – Find your friend with the best aim and get ready to pong the German way!