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Md. Renaissance Festival considers new site

Wednesday - 2/5/2014, 2:40pm  ET

CROWNSVILLE, Md. (AP) -- After decades in the same Anne Arundel County location, Maryland Renaissance Festival organizers say they are looking at moving to a new venue.

The Capital reports ( ) that a Facebook post by Jules Smith, the president of the festival held in Crownsville, raises the possibility that the county could lose the $8 million event, which attracts 300,000 visitors annually and provides hundreds of seasonal jobs.

Smith, who has been seeking a new site for years, says the festival has been offered a "large property directly on a major divided highway with larger fields and woods." He doesn't say where it is.

Smith says organizers love the property they currently lease, but they want to study the new site that offers the possibility of better access and more space.


Information from: The Capital of Annapolis, Md.,

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