Yo Ho, Me Hearties!
Planning for the fourth annual Tennessee Pirate Fest is underway. This costumed family-fun event will come to life for two weekends in mid-October at the Tennessee Medieval Faire site in Harriman--just 30 miles west of Turkey Creek. All are invited to escape to the fictional Caribbean town of Port Royale in the Tortugas, circa 1685.
“The Governor of Port Royale is celebrating his birthday, and all are invited--including pirates! Get ready to Get Yer Pirate On! and join in hours of fun,” said Barrie Paulson, VP-Manager.
Back by popular demand will be the Patron Costume Contest, where prizes will be awarded based on audience applause. Also returning will be the Pirate Gong Show, where patrons will be invited to share their talents to join a pirate crew. There will also be a Pirate School where landlubbers will learn to walk, talk, and sing like a pirate.
Continuous professional pirate entertainment will include interactive comedy shows, live pirate music, costumed British and pirate street characters, Combat Croquet, beach games, photo ops, pirate displays, and original crafts. Food and hot and cold beverages, including beer, will be available for purchase.
To round out the street character cast, a special audition will be held on Saturday, August 31, from 1-2pm ET, at 125 Barrie Lane, Kingston, TN. Please call 865-466-1902 or email DarkhorseLLC@comcast.net to sign up. Auditions will include singing, speaking in a pirate or British accent, and participating in improvisational games. Costumes and theatrical experience are helpful but not required to audition. While ages 18+ are preferred, talented mature teens will be considered if they have reliable transportation or are accompanied by a participating adult. If accepted, new cast members will be invited to stay for the regular weekly rehearsal from 2-5pm. Professional acts can audition online by sending show details with a video link to the email above.
Festival organizers are seeking quality craft and food vendors. Vendor information, application, and guidelines are available on the website www.TNPirateFest.com under the vendor tab. The application deadline is September 1. There is no application fee, but all work is juried to ensure quality and fit. Payment of $30/day for crafts and $70/day for food for ~12’x12’ selling space would be due after approval and by September 14.
The fourth annual Tennessee Pirate Fest will take place Saturdays and Sundays, October 12-13 and 19-20, from 11am-6pm ET--rain or shine. Ticket prices will be $16 for ages 13+, $8 for ages 5 to 12; and entry will be free for ages 4 and under. Field parking will be free, and tickets will be available for purchase at the gate with cash or credit. A small convenience fee will be added for the use of credit. Discounted motel rooms will be available for Pirate Fest fans at Baymont by Wyndham in Harriman by calling 865-882-5340. The festival will be held at 550 Fiske Road, Harriman, TN. For more information, please visit www.TNPirateFest.com and sign up for updates. Like and follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Tennesseepiratefest/.