Recently, Jordan, Ashlee, and I ventured into Southern Ohio for the Ohio Renaissance Festival. Jordan and I wanted to go to this festival for years, but something always got in the way.
This year we planned ahead and made it happen. We got up early in the morning and drove the two hours to Harveysburg, Ohio, which sets four miles (and four centuries) west of I-71.
As we got out of the car, we saw many people dressed in Renaissance Period garb. These were not people dressed up for a Halloween or masquerade party, these people are lovers of history and assume a new persona.
We were there just prior to the opening and people were gathered outside the Castle's gate. Standing above the grated gates, the queen greeted her people.
What lay before us inside the gate was much more than I anticipated.See for yourself...
Jordan decided he wanted to join in on the fun so we stopped in at Swan Lace to get him transformed. There was so much to choose from and as Jordan was trying things on, Ashlee and I oohed and aahed over the pretty dresses and corsets.
Check out my handsome bard. Jordan, who is shy by nature was being coached on how to pose by this interesting gentleman.
The day we went, the festival was celebrating Romance Weekend. While we were eating our lunch, a flower vendor came by and asked Jordan if he wanted to buy his lady a flower. She chose a beautiful rose.
The festival offers many of the usual fair foods of chicken strips, fries, and pretzels. However, we opted for the specialties. Jordan and I enjoyed bread bowls filled with beef stew for Jordan and Ceasar Salad for me. Then Jordan and Ashlee had THE festival specialty, smoked turkey legs.
The festival boasts 11 stages with continuous entertainment. We enjoyed several shows, but still left a lot unseen.
We had a lot of fun and look forward to returning next year. We are already making plans for OUR clothes. If your area hosts a renaissance festival, we highly recommend you check it out. It is unlike any other festival you've attended.
MAKE IT A GREAT DAY!
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