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Minnesota Renaissance Festival canceled until next year

The event draws in 300,000 people annually.

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is the latest major event in the state to be canceled due to COVID-19.

Despite five months of creating a COVID-19 mitigation plan, the Shakopee festival announced Wednesday that opening this year is not feasible under current state guidelines. 

The announcement comes just days before the festival was set to begin. But events that can be modified to meet COVID-19 guidelines will continue, including the Feast of Fantasy over the next seven weeks and the Phantom Feast in October.

The festival also promised to announce a brand new event in the coming days.

The next Renaissance Festival will take place starting on Aug. 21 of next year and go through Oct. 7. Tickets for this year’s festival will be honored.

“Thank you for your understanding during this challenging time. Our hearts go out to everyone affected by COVID-19 and we are here to help answer any questions you may have,” the announcement reads.

Guidelines under Minnesota’s Stay Safe plan include limiting outdoor events and entertainment to no more than 250 people with social distancing of six feet.

According to the festival website, the event draws a total of 300,000 people annually, making it the largest renaissance festival in the country.

The festival isn’t the only major event to call it quits in light of the pandemic. Everything from Fourth of July celebrations to music festivals and county fairs have been canceled for the year. One of the most notable events, the Minnesota State Fair, was called off in May. 

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