Arrrrrrr Ye Ready?

By: Jim Minge Email
By: Jim Minge Email
What: Midlands Pirate Festival

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, August 23rd & 24th

Where: Bellevue Berry Farm & Pumpkin Ranch, 11001 South 48th Street, Papillion

Tickets: $10 for adults; $6 for kids 3-12; 2 and younger, free. Two-day passes are available for $16

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Outside of Halloween, there aren't a lot of opportunities to let out your inner pirate. I get "those looks" at the grocery store when I shop while wearing an eye patch and a tricorn pirate captain's hat. And when I say things like, "Arrrrr, these avocados be overripe! Walk the plank, ye squishy fruits," people stare.

So it's with great delight that I look forward to the pirate costume-friendly Midlands Pirate Festival, a two-day celebration (Saturday & Sunday, August 23rd & 24th) of sea dogs at the Bellevue Berry Farm.

There's so much going on at this shindig you might have to spread it out over two days. From a never-before-performed stunt show on the two-deck pirate ship stage to the festival's four other performance spaces (featuring Pog-Mo-Thon pub sing-along band, the Horsemen's singing pirate show for kids, Riverhiem's "Pirates vs. Guards" battle on the wharf, the Musketeers Fencing Club with their running swordplay skits, Lord Drake's Mystic Magic and Evengard Improv comedy), it's a full menu.

The "Port Royale Village" will be brought to life with a bounty of professional performers such as Pirate Queen Bonnie Blue, the Blue Rose Mermaid in her real pond of water, the Forking Queen of the Pirates, the Pink Pirate bubble machine, acrobats and jugglers.

And get this one: the public can partake in knife-tossing, sword training, archery and axe-tossing! (I'm sure it's all perfectly safe.)

Food, drinks, artisan demonstrations, strolling pirate characters, hair-braiding, henna body art and plenty of other piratey things will be on display throughout the weekend.

Oh, and by the way, International Talk Like A Pirate Day is coming up on September 19th, so this is an ideal place to get your "Arrrrrrr!" perfected.

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