anizers of the Florida Renaissance Festival? Usually, something very painful. The guys from the performance troupe Barely Balanced, however, have perfected the art of doing what your mother told you not to including running with scissors.
Theyre just one of the many, many, many acts who will thrill and delight you as you gnaw at an oversized turkey leg while wandering through an enchanted forest (Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Rd. Deerfield Beach). Others include the Washing Well wenches three wacky cousins whose humor will make you wet your well, theyre funny; swordfighting gypsies, master archers, and a royal falconer. Guests an be a knight for a day and compete in contests such as Axe Throw, Fencing Ring, Mug Toss, Chess, and something called Test OStrength. Afterwards, wipe your sweaty brow and wash it down with a pint of mead. The festival runs weekends through March 19, and is open on President's Day (Monday, February 20). Admission costs $20 for adults, $7 for children; get a discount by buying tickets online at www.ren-fest.com. Call 954-776-1642.
Saturdays, Sundays. Starts: Feb. 11. Continues through March 19