Let me say that as a person who is no fond of crowds, there were a LOT of people. But let me also say that as a person who enjoys watching people, MN Ren Fest is a spectacular place to see unusual people.
Most of the attendees arrived in costume, and a lot of them added to their costumes throughout the day. There were girdles, cloaks, gauntlets, corsets, skirts, veils, tabards, chain mail, armor, and so much more for sale.
Jewelry, pottery, glass, iron work, leather work, musical instruments, hats, swords, daggers, bows, arrows, quivers, candles.
Scotch Eggs, giant pickles, cheesecake (on a stick,) cider floats, turkey legs, cheese curds, loaded fries, funnel cakes, barbarian burgers, mead/beer/ale/wine/soda/water/lemonade.
Then there are the shows. My favorite by far were the jousting demonstrations, but we also saw running patterers, magicians, musicians, jugglers, tightrope walkers.
A truly unique experience. Here are some of the pictures my husband took.
|We entered at the King's Gate, and over the entrance, actors |
hurled comments and insults and jokes down on the patrons.
It's all in good fun, and they were clever.
|My kids and their friends, ready to enjoy the day.|
|The delightful and resourceful Deborah and Ruth,|
who created their costumes
themselves. I am totally in love with Deborah's hat!
|I loved the riding skills demonstrations.|
|The horses were enormous with feet the size of dinner plates. |
The man inside the rail in the black tunic was a rabble-rouser,
working up the crowd, telling them who to cheer for,
and teasing and poking fun at both the crowd and the contestants.
|The riders attempted to pluck a metal ring off a |
crossbar with their lance. Each time they succeeded,
a smaller ring was placed on the crossbar.
Eventually, the riders were threading a
2" ring on their lance at a full gallop.
|This was a show called The Wacky Chickens. |
This man has been a regular performer at Ren Fest for 40 years!
|Juggling, music, dance, magic, and tomfoolery were the order of the day.|
|Jousting! The contestants rode onto the battlefield, |
showing their colors and ready to test their mettle.
|They were not even joking! Lances shattered|
(a piece even flew into the crowd.)
The sound of the lances hitting armor was amazing.
Clanging metal, thudding hooves, cheering crowds.
|These horses are so strong.|
|Smash! The horse on the left, a Clydesdale, |
was by far the fastest of the horses.
He barreled down the jousting court!
|The facial and neck armor worn by one of the horses to protect him during the joust.|
|That same horse, enjoying getting out of his heavy armor.|
|The Royal Processional. The king and queen of the festival with members of their court.|
|Heather and Julie after a day of feasting, shopping, and being entertained.|
|My kiddos getting their Renaissance Geek on!|
So, what did you do on Labor Day? Have you ever been to a Renaissance Festival?
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