Weekend 1 – Buccaneer Beer Bash
Fairy House Competition
More information coming soon!
Belly Dance Competition
Come show off your belly dancing skills during our Belly Dance Competition. No experience necessary!
Test your accuracy in our Longbow Competition! The tournament is open to children ages 12-17 and adults. Bows of wood, fiberglass, horn or other natural material (including design of recurve, low bow, and Mongolian horn bows) are allowed as well as self bows, laminated and laminated recurve bows.
Weekend 2 – Highland Fling
Daily in Shepherd’s Green at 3:30pm
Got Scottish pride? Show off those legs or cheer loud for your favorite contestant in the daily Kilt Competition. Enjoy Scottish dress as we search for the Best Kilt in the Realm!
Daily at 1:30pm in Shepherd’s Green
Think you have what it takes to be a Highland Gamer? Test your strength at the keg toss.
Scotch Egg Eating Competition
11:30 am Shepherd’s Green Stage
Attention all food lovers! Here is your chance to show off your eating talents and competitive side in the Annual Scotch Egg Eating Contest. Winner earns the title of Champion Eater in all the Land!
Weekend 3 – Bold North Adventure
Magic the Gathering Tournament
Magic Booster Draft
Labor Day Monday, September 3rd at 2pm in the Blue Light Tavern
Entry fee $15 (day of) or preregister for $30 (includes festival admission ticket).
Play: 3 packs of Core Set 2019 per person for drafting. Use those cards to make a 40-card deck. Lands are provided. Play three matches total (each match is best 2 out of 3 games).
Magic Booster Draft
Festival Friday, September 28th at 2pm in the Blue Light Tavern
Entry fee $15 (day of) or preregister for $30 (includes festival admission ticket).
Play: 3 packs of Guilds of Core Set 2019 per person for drafting. Use those cards to make a 40-card deck. Lands are provided. Play three matches total (each match is best 2 out of 3 games).
Bocce Ball Tournament
Join us for our Bocce Ball Tournament Sept 1st, 2nd, & 3rd!
Weekend 4 – Shamrocks & Shenanigans
Mashed Potato Eating Competition
12:00 pm Shepherd’s Green Stage
Attention all food lovers! Here is your chance to show off your eating talents and competitive side in the Annual Mashed Potato Eating Contest. Winner earns the title of Champion Eater in all the Land!
3:00 pm Shepherd’s Green
Show off those legs or cheer loud for your favorite contestant in the daily Kilt Competition. Enjoy Scottish dress as we search for the Best Kilt in the Realm!
Weekend 5 – Wine, Chocolate & Romance
Got superior cupcake skills? Try your luck at the 6th Annual Cupcake Battle! Official judging will be completed by Lady A’s Cupcakes at 12 p.m. on the Special Events Stage in Shepherd’s Green, followed by an Awards Ceremony. Pre-registration required!
Chocolate Pie Eating Competition
Dive face first into French Silk pies provided by Baker’s Square during the Chocolate Pie Eating Contest at 3 p.m. on Shepherd’s Green. All messy eaters are welcome to participate!
NEW! Cake Smashing Competition
Relive your wedding day all over again! Smash some cake into your significant other’s face to celebrate your life journey together. The messier the better! Those with the most enthusiastic smash will win!
Weekend 6 – Pet Fest
Corgi, Weiner Dog & Puppernickel Races
Short legs, long legs, turkey legs! Don’t miss this opportunity to max out your cute quota for the year. Prepare to say, “awwwwww.”
Doggy Dress Up Costume Contest
Think your furry friend has the best costume? Enter them in our Pet Costume Contest for a chance to win pet prizes! The contest is FREE to enter and no pre-registration is required; just bring your dog in a costume to participate!
NEW! Ugliest Pet Contest
Love your pup for what’s on the inside? Prove your dog is the ugliest in the pack and win great prizes!
Peanut Butter Licking Contest
Do you feel watched in your kitchen? Does the feel of a wet nose under your plate make you anxious? Take a break from being begged for food and let your favorite furry stalker have a snack! Find out which fluffy friend can lick peanut butter the fastest!
Weekend 7 – Oktoberfest
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 Special Events Stage at 10am for our costume contest. Best costume will win prizes!
Patrons proud of their finely trimmed and manicured beards can enter! The most appealing beards will win prizes 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 Special Events Stage.
Come one, come all to watch these little pups prance! Tiny Dachshunds will test their speed against other pups and win prizes from Long Dog Apparel! This is the most fun you can have on four legs. Races will be held at the Joust Track at 2pm.
Sauerkraut Eating Contest
All patrons fit for the challenge can fill their bellies with a German favorite at this competition! Bring your appetite to the Special Events Stage at 11:30am to compete and win prizes.
Stein Holding Contest
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 at 10am & 3pm to participate.
Think you and your squad have game? Test your aim with Bier Pong! Held daily in the Shepherd’s Green field. Challenge your fellow fest goers to see who the true pong champion is!
Take your best swing at this favorite Oktoberfest game! Patrons can battle one another by using a wedge-shaped hammer to hit a nail into a tree stump. Come to Shepherd’s Green anytime between 11:30am-2:30pm to participate and win prizes!
2018 Mural Contest
Calling all artists to the Renaissance! We need your creativity to brighten the walls of our Festival for our 2018 Season!
Our annual Mural Competition has begun and we’re looking for creative painters to paint a beautiful mural that captures the spirit of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival! Your murals can include but are not limited to jousting, juggling, mermaids, fairies, dragons, unicorns, your favorite acts from the Renaissance, witches, wizards, and more! Designs must be original and painted by the person submitting the form.
All murals must be 2′ x 2′ and painted with an outdoor paint or finished with a waterproof cover. They must be painted on a weather-treated material (i.e. treated plywood). The murals will be put on display at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival and will be exposed to the elements during the duration of our 2018 season. Please write your name & age on the back bottom right corner of the mural. Upon delivery provide a copy of your registration form taped to the back.
Once completed you may drop your murals off at the Festival Site Office at
12364 Chestnut Blvd
Shakopee, MN 55379-8944
If you’re dropping off before the first weekend of the festival please call 952-445-7361 and schedule a time to drop off.
Times to drop off are:
August 6th-10th between the times of 9am & 3pm.
August 14th-16th between the times of 9am & 3pm.
First Weekend August 18th & 19th at the Info Booth. Your registration form MUST BE taped on the back of your mural as well as your name and age printed on the back bottom right corner.
Grand Prize: $250 cash, a Renaissance Festival T-Shirt, and a season pass to our 2019 Festival Season.
All registration forms must be mailed or emailed in by August 10th! Forms can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
All murals must be dropped off by August 17th! Any murals dropped off after August 19th will not be eligible for the Grand Prize. They may still be accepted and put on display if turned in after August 18th.
Voting will begin Wednesday, August 22nd on our Facebook page and will go through September 30th.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing all of the amazing murals this year!
NEW! Medallion Contest
Please welcome our new Medallion Competition! You’ve seen those beautiful Renaissance Festival pottery mugs scattered across our festival booths. Each one is decorated with a uniquely styled Medallion on the front.
This year we’re looking for someone to design a new Medallion for our 2018 Festival Season! We’re looking for creative individuals who can capture the spirit of the Renaissance Festival in a small space. Designs can include, but are not limited to, jousting, mermaids, fairies, dragons, unicorns, your favorite acts from the Renaissance, witches, wizards, and more!
The designs should only be 3″ x 3″
Minimum Stroke: 2pt
Minimum Font Size: 6pt
Must say “Minnesota Renaissance Festival” & “2018” on the Design
Remember, these designs will be used on pottery and created from clay so be mindful of details. More design requirements can be found on the Registration Form.
Designs that do not meet EVERY requirement will not be judged.
Anyone can enter for a chance to win! There are no age requirements.
1st Place Prize:
The winner will receive a FREE winning 2018 Renaissance Festival Mug that will feature their Medallion Design.
$100 cash prize.
2nd & 3rd Place:
Will receive a FREE 2018 Renaissance Festival Mug with the winning Medallion design.
Submissions due by March 16th, 2018
Copyright: All art submitted to the Mid-America Festivals Inc. must be the legal property of the person submitting the art. Your submission must be your own drawing and cannot be someone else’s artwork, a photographed image or a traced production. Mid-America Festivals will not be held responsible for any copyright infringements.
Coloring Book Contest
Help us create a fantastic coloring book for our 3rd Annual Coloring Book Competition! We’re looking for aspiring artists who want to show their creativity in a fun, intricate way!
Your design should be unique and capture the spirit of the Renaissance Festival! Submissions should be Renaissance themed and can include but are not limited to jousting, juggling, mermaids, fairies, knights, dragons, unicorns, your favorite acts from the Renaissance, witches, wizards, and more!
For more details and image requirements please review the Registration Form.
Anyone can enter for a chance to win! Every person who enters will receive 1 FREE Minnesota Renaissance Festival ticket for the 2018 season. We have ADULT and CHILD (13 and younger) registration forms that you can download and print.
Those who are chosen to be a part of the final Coloring Book Edition will receive 1 FREE Coloring Book.
Adult First Place winner will receive $100 cash prize and a Season Pass for the 2019 Renaissance Festival Season!
Child First Place winner will receive $100 cash prize and a Renaissance Festival Gift Bag!
Please email your coloring book submission and registration form together to email@example.com
If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Coloring Book Competition”
– Make sure that your handwriting is legible on the forms for us to review.
– If you have a change of address in between the time that you submit your artwork and the time we send out the coloring books for those who have been chosen, please send us an email with the change of address.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing your creative art pieces!
Copyright Disclaimer: All art submitted to the Mid-America Festival’s Inc must be the legal property of the person submitting the art. Your submission must be your own drawing and cannot be someone else’s artwork, a photographed image that you do not have the rights to, or a traced production. Mid-America Festivals will not be held responsible for any copyright infringements.