Ron and Patsy in line
Of course many of the actors, actresses and vendors were dressed in appropriate clothing of the period.
The festival has been going on each year for the last 28 years. Rain or Shine. It's a combination of theatre, amusement park, artisan marketplace and jousting tournament.
The website states "The Renaissance Festival is a medieval amusement park, a 13-stage theatre, a 30-acre circus, an arts and crafts faire, a Jousting Tournament and a feast, all rolled into one non-stop, day-long, family adventure!"
I had no idea this place was so big. We started walking through the park and saw several interesting characters.
We stopped at an open grassy area to watch a gentleman do a whip demonstration and he even set a whip on fire.
He was very accurate with his whip skills. It was a great demonstration. Everyone there is very theatrical and real gets into their characters.
We stopped to watch another actor/entertainer perform a sword swallowing act. He was very entertaining and had a lot of good jokes to go with the act. At the end of the act he swallowed a long balloon.
After some time walking around the park and seeing more folks dressed in the period, performing their acts and allowing photos of them it was time for the Joust.
A few wenches
This woman was announcing the jousters
The queen and her court parade around the arena
The knights that will joust
The Evil knight
Our (good) knight
The Joust and breaking lances
Well of course the evil knight ended up winning the joust and a sword fight at the end. Great acting and theatre. Once the joust ended it was close to closing down the park for that day. We walked back to the car and along the way I noticed this actor standing on a platform like a statue dressed as a court jester. When anyone would come near him he would move, greet them and offer the ladies a rose. He was quite good.
We had a fun time and worth the trip to see these artists and actors.
If you would like more information on the festival. Just click on the link at the beginning or HERE.
I don't know if I would attend again but it was worth going to at least one time.
I also enjoyed the dedication these artists give to their craft.