Renaissance Festival in Arizona: Annual festival returns, visitors and performers ready

APACHE JUNCTION, AZ - The East Valley is going to be flooded with visitors the next few weekends, all to experience Arizona's Renaissance Festival near Apache Junction.

It is the 25th anniversary of the festival, and it's not just visitors who keep coming back year after year.

For those 25 years, there are also some performers who return to the show every single year.

Performer Terry Foy has been with the festival since the gates opened to the very first visitors.

Foy is a full-time renaissance performer who travels around the country for different shows.

It's a job he never imagined would turn into a career.

Now, Foy says he's one of the fortunate people who truly loves waking up and going to work every day.

It's a sentiment shared by other long-time renaissance performers like Michael Kouts.

Kouts has also been with the festival for 25 years. Even his family was bitten by the renaissance bug -- his wife and all three children have been performers at the festival as well.

Kouts says even though he often tells himself he's not coming back year after year, he does return because of the family atmosphere created by his fellow performers.

Kouts says he hopes to continue performing in the festival for many more years to come.

The Arizona Renaissance Festival is open every Saturday and Sunday through March 31 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine.

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