Posted: Jul 21, 2012 6:27 PM by Hope Hanselman, KSBY News
There is royalty visiting San Luis Obispo this weekend.
Thousands of peasants and nobles are gathering at El Chorro Regional Park for the 28th annual Central Coast Renaissance Festival.
The park is transformed into an English village set in 1585: the time of Sir Francis Drake, Queen Elizabeth I and, of course, Shakespeare. It's also a period of time all ages can enjoy.
"what we're hoping is that when people walk in here, for the time they're in our village, they're going to put themselves back in time," Rick Smith, an event organizer, said.
Saturday was Alexis Rosinsky's first visit to the festival, but she had no trouble fitting right in. Alexis is a nine year-old with a soft spot for 16th century literature.
"At my school, literally, kids think I'm crazy for knowing Shakespeare," she said. "I did it for the talent show. They thought, 'are you nuts?'"
So, for one weekend in the park, she's surrounded by thousands just like her.
"It's like being in my real home- where I am actually supposed to be."
The event has many of the same character coming back for almost 30 years.
"One of the jousters today told me that she was a little girl here 15 years ago," Smith said. "They get the fever, they catch it, and they come back out; and they're a part of it again."
The continues through Sunday with jousting competitions, pony rides and about 1,800 costumed performers.
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