Head to Gainesville for Renaissance Fair Fix

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By J. Alex Glover
Special to the Orlando Sentinel
 Hear ye, hear ye, things are getting bigger at the 24th annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire.

Event organizers are expecting record numbers of attendees at this year’s festival, which runs the weekends of Jan. 30-31 and Feb. 5-7. The event will feature more entertainment offerings including performances from the band Albannach, the introduction of acrobatic performer “Daniel Duke of Danger” and continued involvement by local renaissance fair troupe, the Thieves Guilde.

Last year’s attendance was about 48,000 and organizers are hoping that the event will reach 50,000 this year.

Albannach, a Scottish band that plays Celtic music will be performing both weekends of the festival.

Dan Looker, known as “Daniel Duke of Danger,” will also be added to this year’s entertainment schedule. According to his Web site dukeofdanger.com, Looker is a graduate of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College and has been performing a tour of renaissance festivals since 1993.

Hutchinson said of Looker, “He’s a real pro from the ren-faire circuit. He does all kinds of acrobatics and things and it’s just very fun and funny.”

Aside from the new acts, many of the performers from last year’s event will be back.

“When we get something that really works, we hold on to it,” he said. “Because these people helped us build this show, a lot of them, we don’t fire them to bring in someone new.”

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