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Title: Anyone familiar with Hoggetowne?
Post by: Marietta Graziella on September 09, 2011, 08:23:05 AM
Pardon the intrusion Florida friends but I am looking for a faire to attend in January.

I happened upon Hoggetowne http://www.gvlculturalaffairs.org/website/programs_events/HMF/medieval_events.html (http://www.gvlculturalaffairs.org/website/programs_events/HMF/medieval_events.html) but did not recognize the name. Are you familar with this faire? Thoughts? Do you recommend? 

Thank you for any info you might have or perhaps suggestions for another faire during January...  :)
Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Hoggetowne?
Post by: Hector on September 17, 2011, 10:41:39 AM
MG, many us from BARF are quite familiar with Hoggetowne.  While small, it is a fun faire and most folks will make it up there for at least a day or more.  There are vendors there that are seldom seen elsewhere and it raises money for charity as well.  I recommend spending a full day there if it works for your schedule.  Hoggetowne often has a neat energy to it as a result of the mix of locals and students in Gainesville.  Paul could tell you a great deal more if you would like it. 

Depending on the time of month, two other events that come to mind are the Gasparilla Pirate Festival in Tampa and FlaRF down south.  Gasparilla includes what is the third largest parade in the country, so there is a very broad spectrum there.  It is not the traditional pirate festival and has a lot of historical and commercial overtones.  If you get there earlier in the week its fun to watch the mayor defy the pirates.  Later the pirates will invade by sea and the mayor will surrender the city prior to the parade.  Several of us are in Gasparilla Krewes and can give you more information if you wish it. 

The earlier dates for FlaRF have recently been out on Virginia Key closer to Miami rather than the later dates further north of Ft Lauderdale.  FlaRF is much larger and a soft faire like BARF.  I have had days I really enjoyed at FlaRF and others not so much -- mostly depending on the mix of people as you would expect.  They often have some great acts and vendors.

Those are just what comes to my mind and I hope they help. 
Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Hoggetowne?
Post by: Marietta Graziella on September 20, 2011, 08:28:55 AM
Hector, thank you so much for all the information! 

DH is home on leave during January so we are hoping to attend a faire together since his current rotation has him missing MN all together next year.  :'(   Our mission is to find a faire during every other rotation home so we don't have to miss out entirely.  ;D
Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Hoggetowne?
Post by: Ms Trish on September 20, 2011, 09:10:32 AM
Hector, thank you so much for all the information! 

DH is home on leave during January so we are hoping to attend a faire together since his current rotation has him missing MN all together next year.  :'(   Our mission is to find a faire during every other rotation home so we don't have to miss out entirely.  ;D

And that it gets you out to faire again is just a pleasant side effect? :)
Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Hoggetowne?
Post by: Out_of_the_Ashes on January 03, 2012, 09:09:37 PM
Pardon the intrusion Florida friends but I am looking for a faire to attend in January.

I happened upon Hoggetowne http://www.gvlculturalaffairs.org/website/programs_events/HMF/medieval_events.html (http://www.gvlculturalaffairs.org/website/programs_events/HMF/medieval_events.html) but did not recognize the name. Are you familar with this faire? Thoughts? Do you recommend? 

Thank you for any info you might have or perhaps suggestions for another faire during January...  :)


With Hoggetowne coming up in just a few weeks, I wanted to reiterate some of the positive points that Hector mentioned. The producers, Linda and Bill, put a lot of heart and soul into the event. Some of the regular acts include Empty Hats (+Celticopia, Oops! Comedy Knife Show, Giacomo the Jester Show, and a ballads set or two of Carl's if I remember correctly), Paolo Garbanzo, Jim Greene's Rat Show, Bob DaVinci, Bunnies in Peril, Jousting, Birds of Prey, Human Chess, etc. There's usually rat pucking. The Thieves Guild cast is wonderful, and they put on a great chess game. The food vendors range from your typical fried faire indulgences to healthier, lighter options, which I've found to be delightful in having options. It's not a big drinking faire. The lanes can be tight, but only because Hoggetowne draws a massive audience for a small, two weekend faire. I've never had issues with parking, since I always arrived either early in the day or was there VERY early for setup, but the faire also offers shuttle buses. Truly, my favorite small faire in Florida, love the setting and the people, and will really miss them all, as this is my first season in years not attending due to moving back home. Love being back home, but will still miss them, as they are very near and dear to my heart.
Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Hoggetowne?
Post by: iain robb on January 06, 2012, 06:20:17 AM
My wife and I are working to fit Hoggetowne into our plans this year. We've heard a lot of good things about it, and it's not that far from where we live in Central Florida.
Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Hoggetowne?
Post by: Kate on January 11, 2012, 05:03:54 AM
Yay! Which weekend? The 28th is Gasparilla so we'll eb there the following weekend.
Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Hoggetowne?
Post by: iain robb on January 11, 2012, 08:27:22 AM
It's looking like I'll be out of town the first weekend, so it would be the second weekend. My wife was concerned that we may not be able to do that because the 3rd is our son's 18th birthday, but I'm going to try to work around that. Maybe there will be a miracle and he'd come with us.

And that would indeed be a miracle. He spends hours playing at killing aliens and thinks we're weird for dressing up and spending hours with real people.
Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Hoggetowne?
Post by: iain robb on January 13, 2012, 09:38:48 AM
As I expected, my son wants to do something to celebrate his birthday on the 4th, and that most definitely will not be going to Hoggetown. And since his 18th birthday only comes around once, and Hoggetown will (hopefully) be there next year, it looks like I'm going to miss. Drat.
Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Hoggetowne?
Post by: iain robb on January 20, 2012, 06:20:57 AM
Well, now the good news is, I will actually be around for the first weekend of Hoggetown (I was expecting to be in California), so it looks like we'll be going the first weekend. At least for now.

Hey, am I the only one in here?  ??? :)
Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Hoggetowne?
Post by: Out_of_the_Ashes on January 21, 2012, 08:43:17 PM
Well, now the good news is, I will actually be around for the first weekend of Hoggetown (I was expecting to be in California), so it looks like we'll be going the first weekend. At least for now.

Hey, am I the only one in here?  ??? :)

Lurking for pics, here!  ;)
Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Hoggetowne?
Post by: Ditzy Gypsy on January 23, 2012, 09:14:19 AM
Pardon the intrusion Florida friends but I am looking for a faire to attend in January.

I happened upon Hoggetowne http://www.gvlculturalaffairs.org/website/programs_events/HMF/medieval_events.html (http://www.gvlculturalaffairs.org/website/programs_events/HMF/medieval_events.html) but did not recognize the name. Are you familar with this faire? Thoughts? Do you recommend?  

Thank you for any info you might have or perhaps suggestions for another faire during January...  :)


Hi Marietta! I've performed with the belly dance troop Sahnobar the for the past two years at Hoggetowne, and I LOVE that faire. It's location is beautiful, surrounded by beautiful pine trees and the overall atmosphere has always been pleasant and welcoming. I think, it's the bigger of the "smaller" faires; the way it is laid out doesn't make it feel small at all IMHO. It has a good helping of stage acts and quite a variety of them as well. :)

Stop by the Gypsy camp and say hello if you make it.  ;)
Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Hoggetowne?
Post by: Escarlata on January 29, 2012, 07:45:19 AM
We'll be there second weekend.
Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Hoggetowne?
Post by: iain robb on January 29, 2012, 07:01:18 PM
Yay! So will we, now!
Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Hoggetowne?
Post by: Kate on January 30, 2012, 01:32:52 PM
I'm still up in the air about Saturday. Lady D has offered to drive so I should have no excuse! :)
Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Hoggetowne?
Post by: iain robb on January 30, 2012, 02:09:38 PM
There you go -- no excuses. Just get your fine self up there!
Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Hoggetowne?
Post by: Esperanza McDaniels on January 30, 2012, 08:01:36 PM
And I will be in the car too so there is more incentive to go!!!   :P
Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Hoggetowne?
Post by: Lady DArbanville on February 09, 2012, 05:28:49 AM
It was great seeing everyone! Now that Hoggetowne was a success and is over, it's off to see the wizard! At BARF!  :)


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Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Hoggetowne?
Post by: Lady DArbanville on February 20, 2012, 01:34:42 PM
Hoggetowne

(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e396/Dauburnville/Hoggetown.jpg)