Taking a page from the State Fair's coronavirus playbook, the Minnesota Renaissance Festival is giving fans a way to enjoy the event despite its cancelation.
Like the Great Minnesota Get-Together, the Ren Fest will offer a drive-through experience on its grounds, featuring over 30 festival foods — including turkey legs, unicorn cake, cheese curds, apple dumplings — as well as entertainment and artisans to be enjoyed "from the comfort and safety of your vehicle."
The "Minnesota Renaissance Festival on Parade" will be happening on weekends from September 19 through October 4, with a bonus day on Friday, October 2, 2020, taking guests on a 2.5-mile route through the festival grounds in Shakopee.
The cost is $20 per vehicle, with each one receiving a free "goodie bag." Visitors will be able to engage in activities and games along the route, such as trivia, "Festival Find it" and a "Carriage Costume Contest."
Entertainment will also include appearances from Puke — of the "Puke & Snot" duo, a comedy act at the Renaissance Festival since the 1970s — who will "surely try your patience and induce carloads of laughter," the festival's website says.
Tickets went on sale on Saturday, though a limited number will be sold, so move quickly if you're interested in going.
Like the Minnesota State Fair, the Renaissance Festival was canceled due to COVID-19.
Likewise, the fair's answer for disappointed fans was a drive-through experience that sold out almost as soon as tickets became available.