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Renaissance Fair to be held at Mason City High School

The Mason City High School gymnasium will be transformed to a Renaissance theme for a spectacular event that includes food and entertainment for what proves to be a magical evening.

The Renaissance Fair will be held Saturday, March 31 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Mason City High School. The fundraiser is to support student transportation and registration fees for athletic and academic events, K-12. This will include: out-of-town athletic events, extra-curricular activity travel expenses, such as elementary through high school level academic competitions, CIML Art, Speech and Drama, and Band and Vocal Music competitions.

The first Renaissance Fair was held last spring to help the school district raise money for transportation. Last year, about $7,000 was raised and was used to pay for registration fees for school sponsored activities and transportation for students on field trips. “It’s a hardship for our district to transport students within our CIML conference. Each event whether it’s for sports, music or academics is at least 90 miles away, and sometimes much farther,” said Darshini Jayawardena, who is a member of the Mason City Board of Education and the school district’s fundraising committee. “The Renaissance Evening is a fun way to provide community entertainment while at the same time supporting the students in our school district.”

During the Renaissance Evening students will provide music and drama as entertainment. “We received such wonderful feedback after last year’s event that we decided to bring back the Renaissance Evening,” said Mary Alexander, MCHS English and drama teacher and an organizer of the Renaissance Evening. “This is a wonderful opportunity to raise money for transportation while showcasing the many talents of our students.”

The menu will be catered by HyVee East and will include large smoked chicken legs, smoked meaty single ribs, potatoes, dill pickles, cheese curds, fresh vegetables, baskets of assorted breads, punch, water, dessert bars.

Tickets are $20 per person and include a Renaissance-style dinner and entertainment by Mason City Community School District students. Tables are set for eight people. A donation of $500 or above will guarantee sponsorship recognition and eight tickets. Tickets are limited to 300 so please buy them early.

Tickets go on sale the week of March 5 and will be available at both HyVee East and West, Mason City High School and at the Mason City Community School District Administration Building. Ticket sales will end March 26. Checks may be written to MCCSD-Mohawk Fund. Guests are asked to enter through the front doors of Mason City High School. An art exhibit featuring the talents of MCHS students will be on display from 2:00-8:00 p.m.

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