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Renaissance Festival offers two weekends of fun

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The 2008 Minnesota Renaissance Festival is back with a weekend fit for chocolate and romance lovers and filled with free treats to indulge your taste buds in at the Renaissance Festival fairgrounds.

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The Chocolate Festival is just one part of this year's Chocolate and Romance Weekend held on Sept. 27-28. Patrons are invited to taste complimentary chocolate samples of all sorts from around the metro area for this weekend only.

The festival will feature homemade chocolates and confections including fudge, truffles, biscotti and other delicious sweets. Chocolate demonstrations will also be available for patrons to take pleasure in throughout the weekend.

Guests are welcome to participate in the chocolate pie eating contest, sponsored by Baker's Square. Participants are selected as first come, first serve.

Love is in the air. Free vow renewals will be offered to married couples through the weekend. Renewal of vows will be held at noon and 3 p.m. both days.

Patrons will fall in love again as they participate in all festivities weekend long. Whether it's the free chocolate that will intrigue them or the romantic events fit for all ages, patrons will have a royally grand time as they stroll through the Renaissance Festival.

The 38th annual Minnesota Renaissance Festival runs weekends and Labor Day, Aug. 16-Sept. 28 and Friday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. rain or shine. The festival is located three miles south of Shakopee on Hwy 169.

At the gate: Adults $19.95; Children 6-12 $10.95; five and under are free. Parking is free and discount tickets are available at participating SuperAmerica stores and online at www.renaissancefest.com.

Visit renaissancefest.com or call 800-966-8215.

Trail of Terror

Trail of Terror, from the producers of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, is celebrating its 15th year of terror.

The Trail of Terror has been scaring Minnesota residents and providing a memorable experience for those ready to party and be frightened.

New for 2008 are the first annual Body Art Festival and Psychic Fair, being held Friday and Saturday nights. Other new events include hypnotist Tom Kruger, mechanical bull rides, microbrew tastings and poker night.

"We are very excited about these new events. We are always looking for the next big 'WOW' for Halloween, and I believe we have found it in this year's additions," said Jim Peterson, CEO and Owner of Mid-America Festivals.

Trail of Terror is considered the Twin Cities largest, scariest Halloween event with more than 2.5 miles of scares and horror indoors and out.

In addition to the many new attractions, Trail of Terror includes a ¾ mile indoor heated maze, an extended Haunted Hayride, Halls of Horror, bonfire, an outdoor band shell featuring Karaoke, Club Scream, and music that's sure to get your blood pumping.

Lil' Monster Matinee also returns on Sunday, Oct. 26, from 5-7p.m. Children are encouraged to arrive in costume for trick or treating, pumpkin decorating, and ghost stories around the bon fire.

From the producers of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, Trail of Terror is Minnesota's largest Halloween event. Located three miles south of Shakopee on Highway 169 and County Road 41, the Trail of Terror runs Thursdays thru Sundays October 10-31, from 7-11 p.m. rain or shine. Parking is free courtesy of Burnsville Toyota. Daily admission rates: adults $17.95; children 6-12 $11.95, five and under free.

For more information, call 952-445-7361 or visit www.trailofterrorfest.com.

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