|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
I doubt bridge engineering was this good back in 1574, but I suppose that brings up liability issues...
There was a nice parade that we conveniently ran upon
Someone needs to stop drinking all that grog!
Her tongue matches her hat!
Although glasses weren't invented back in the day, I suppose having people in the parade bumping into things would be bad
Those are the knights
Now...here's a quiz - which of these fair ladies is waving in the historically proper way? Let me know!
Not much is proper out Ladie Ettie
The big singing and dancing number after the parade
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
There was a whole Robin Hood side-story to the Fair but I didn't really understand it well...
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
It was rather hot - Daniel stands in the cooling mist of a non-1574 people-mister
I think if the Zebra gets a sign, the goat should also get a sign
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!
Evidently this Mud Show is somewhat famous. It was ok...but I felt bad for the performers
having to eat mud and such.
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
Now this has nothing to do with 1574 England, but people like Chinese drums
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