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Features > Bristol, WI (September 2007) > Renaissance Fair


Daniel and I had free tickets we had won to the Renaissance Fair in Bristol, Wisconsin. This year was the 20th anniversary of the nine-week festival held on the Wisconsin-Illinois border that seeks to recreate 1574 Elizabethan England. The theme this year was "Feast of Fooles" and there were a number of action, historical, and entertainment activities/performances that made it a very enjoyable event.


Trusty steeds by the gates of the fair
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I doubt bridge engineering was this good back in 1574, but I suppose that brings up liability issues...
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There was a nice parade that we conveniently ran upon
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Someone needs to stop drinking all that grog!
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Her tongue matches her hat!
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Although glasses weren't invented back in the day, I suppose having people in the parade bumping into things would be bad
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Those are the knights
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Now...here's a quiz - which of these fair ladies is waving in the historically proper way? Let me know!
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Not much is proper out Ladie Ettie
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The big singing and dancing number after the parade
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Everybody likes the Queen - in this case (and for the past 14 years at the Bristol Fair I believe) the Queen is Mary Kababik, who portrayed Queen Elizabeth in the 2005 movie filmed in rural areas around Chicago called Sword of Hearts
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There was a whole Robin Hood side-story to the Fair but I didn't really understand it well...
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There were also a lot of shops selling such varied things as these hammocks which this guy fell asleep in so they must be good
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It was rather hot - Daniel stands in the cooling mist of a non-1574 people-mister
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I think if the Zebra gets a sign, the goat should also get a sign
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Safety first...
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There was a big (rather unrealistic) ship and the signs near the entrance said "Drink not aboard" and "Smoke not aboard" - I'm sure sailors of the day would have nothing to do with this ship!
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Evidently this Mud Show is somewhat famous. It was ok...but I felt bad for the performers having to eat mud and such.
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This poor guy had to get a mud-kiss from one of the performers to help reinforce the dominance of our "side" of the audience against the other which was the focus of the show
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Now this has nothing to do with 1574 England, but people like Chinese drums
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