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The 6th Annual Tennessee Pirate Fest invites you to step back in time to the age of piracy.

This entertainment-focused outdoor daytime festival will be held the last two weekends of May as well as Memorial Day at the site of the Tennessee Medieval Fair in Harriman, just 30 miles west of Turkey Creek. Guests will be transported to the pirate paradise of Barataria, Louisiana circa 1814.

“Launch your pirate!” with Pirate Captain Jean Lafitte before the Battle of New Orleans. Enjoy his French hospitality as he entertains British Red Coats, New Orleans socialites, Barataria pirates and even supernaturals. Escape on a pirate adventure for the whole family,” said Barrie Paulson, Vice President and Director of Darkhorse Entertainment, LLC.

Professional touring and local talent will spin on multiple stages.

Pirate music will be brought to you by Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers, The CrossJacks, Ship Shape (May 21-22) and Kris Colt (May 28-30).

Interactive danger shows will be presented by The Flaming Ginger and The Lords of Adventure.

For the young at heart, there will be the burlesque puppet show, Punch and Judy; Pirattitude from the Roane Children’s Theatre; and young classical musicians with Bravura Music Academy on Saturdays.

Interactive costumed street characters will seek to entertain in Kombat Kroquet, Lafitte’s Follies, Secrets of Barataria and Throw Me A Line.

For those who enjoy slightly spooky entertainment, Captain Davy Jones and Calypso will guide those who wish down the Trail of Doom – a pirate version of “A Christmas Carol”. The entertainment schedules will be available online and at the entrance.

Guests are encouraged to wear pirate or Regency era costumes and participate in the costume contest. Everyone can learn to be a pirate in the pirate school and participate in yard games in the pirate olympics.

Guests are encouraged to share their talents on stage in gong shows and to play characters in classic fairy tales. All are invited to be part of the Midday Parade, where the Bucketeers will be featured on Saturday.

Other free activities will include corn hole, volleyball, stocks, giant chess and steel drum. There will also be paid games, including Sword Master’s Challenge and Adventures by Torchlight. Donations will be encouraged for photos with the mermaids; Captain Redbeard and his pyRAT, Chumley; and goats in the petting zoo.

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Barataria Merchants will sell their custom items such as costumes, leather pouches, chain mail, drinking horns, goat soaps, blacksmith items, game accessories, custom wooden signs, and unique jewelry.

A variety of dishes will be available, including Caribbean-style barbecue, grilled chicken wraps and salads, seafood kebabs and sandwiches, sweet pastries and shaved ice. Beverages will also be available, including water, soda, sweet tea, and beer.

Vendors are independent entities and accept cash and credit. A list of suppliers and their wares can be found at www.TNPirateFest.com.

The Tennessee Pirate Fest will be open rain or shine on May 21 and 22; and from May 28 to 30, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The festival is located at 550 Fiske Road, Harriman.

Free parking is provided in cleared fields and disabled parking is available. Admission tickets can be purchased online now at www.TNPirateFest.com and will be available for purchase on festival days at the box office in cash or on credit.

Admission ticket prices include all taxes and fees and are $19 for ages 13 and up, $9 for ages 5-12; and admission is free for ages 4 and under.

Tickets for festival drinks (in $1 increments) are available online, will be available at the door, or patrons can use exact change. There will be no ATM on site, so customers are encouraged to bring cash for purchases, tips and convenience.

Festival rules include the following: costumes and demeanor must be family appropriate, footwear is required, no loaded or edged weapons, bladed weapons must be sheathed, all weapons must be peaceful/tethered, pets assistance only, no outside food or drink, Enter at your own risk.

The festival grounds are mostly grass with small hills. Portable benches will be available on the stages and customers can bring their own seats.

To purchase beer, you must be at least 21 years old and show a valid photo ID. There will be no public camping on site; however, motel discounts are available at the Baymont Inn and Travelodge in Harriman (call 865-882-5340 with promo code LKDE).

For more information, visit www.TNPirateFest.com, like and follow the Tennessee Medieval Faire | Tennessee Pirate Fest on Facebook, or call 865-376-0319.

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