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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Ohio Renaissance Festival

Greetings Lords and Ladies.  

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. 


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  1. Looks like a fun day! Glad you finally got there!
    Have a great Sunday, beautiful day here.

  2. Love Renaissance Festivals - if you don't want to wait a year, see if your area also boasts a Celtic Faire. You can reuse the costumes you put together (at most of them anyway). I'm hoping to finish McCalls 4107 by next season's fun.

  3. What fun!!! It's the perfect time of year for it!!

  4. Looks like you had a fun day! They're some big ole turkey legs! My son actually brought me Earl from a Renaissance Festival:@)

  5. That would be so much fun to attend! Your boy looks handsome!

  6. We have one of those festivals here too, I must go it looks so fun!

  7. La, I am so fascinated by these fairs! We have one near us and when our children were younger we would go every year. I love the town heckler, ad the queen of course! AWE getting a rose is so sweet!
    Your pictures are fabulous, looks like you had a blast!

  8. What a great day that must have been!
    Don't you think we'd all look gorgeous in that olde tyme clothing?!

  9. Hello La,
    what a fun. We have such medieval events here, too. That is always wonderful to see. Jordan looks great in the costume.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  10. This looks like a bunch of fun, La!



  11. Thanks for sharing your blues.

    Happy Blue Monday, La.

  12. I have never been, but I always wanted to go to that. Looks like fun. I guess they didn't let Jordan joust?


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