Judge Gives Mixed Verdict To Renaissance Festival

Festival To Pay Town Of Larkspur $96,000

It's a mixed verdict in the case of the Colorado Renaissance Festival versus the town of Larkspur.

The festival draws about 200,000 people each summer to Larkspur. The town sued the festival for more than $1 million in overdue water and wastewater tap fees.

The judge agreed the festival should pay the water fees, but not the wastewater fees. That means the festival owes the town about $96,000, not $1.7 million.

Larkspur also asked the festival to update building permits for its 150 structures but the judge on Tuesday dismissed those claims.

The Colorado Renaissance Festival will be in its normal location this summer, but may move next year.

The festival has been held in Douglas County since 1982 and the town of Larkspur draws in $400,000 in annual tax revenues from the festival.

Jim Paradise Sr., who has owned the popular medieval festival for 20 years, said he may consider moving it to Kiowa or Palmer Lake.

Print this article Back to Top