For those of you who know nothing about the Renn Fest, it is basically a large carnival but everything takes place in the Renaissance time period. People even dress up in historic garb for the event!
Todd and I left the house a little after 8:30. We stopped at the Amish market for some breakfast. We got donuts and pretzel logs. Yum! We saw two women dressed in Renaissance clothing so we figured they were also on their way to the Renn Fest.
We got there around 10 and the parking lot was already filling up. We were still able to park pretty close to the entrance. (When we left, people were parked so far away!)
The tickets were pretty expensive at $22 each!!! There weren't any teacher discounts. :( I asked Todd if I could get away as a 15 year old child so that I would only have to pay $10 for a ticket. He laughed.
Todd and I hung out by ourselves for about an hour. We did a lot of people watching. All the costumes were fascinating. Some were very ornate, some very inappropriate. The little kids dressed up as pirates and fairies were super cute!
One booth had these creepy bugs and bats made of found objects from the beach. I thought they were real at first but they are made of shells and twigs.
There was a May Pole and people were trying to participate to some live music. Unfortunately, no one knew what they were doing (despite having been given directions) and all the ribbons ended up terribly tangled.
There was a giant man walking around. He always had two people with him... I guess in case he fell over or something.
Then we watched a young girl do gymnastic moves using long strips of fabric.
This is the first freakiest thing I saw. Todd and I were trying to figure out if it was a man or woman underneath. We went closer and found out it was a guy. The horse's eyes actually blink too. I think if I was that child, I would have nightmares later!
We saw a patriotic Cookie Monster.
And then around 11, Adam and Becky and Eric and Liz arrived! They got some neat mugs with their beer.
And Eric and Liz dressed up!
The whole day, Adam and Todd (and sometimes Eric) would compete in games. The games were pretty cheap; usually around $1 to participate. The first game up was darts.
Wait a minute... Where's Waldo? Oh wait, I spotted him!
After the darts (which no one won), the guys headed to the crossbows.
No one won that one either.
Then we were all shamed in public for our sins.
I was a pirate but Todd cut half of the important parts out of the picture. Can't trust him with a camera!
There was live music all over the place. People would be standing around with guitars or harps. Here was a small group playing. People walking by would stop and dance.
And finally to the infamous giant turkey legs.
Surprised that Todd didn't get one? You will have to ask him why to hear that story!
Next was archery. This ended up with no one winning, Adam pointing an arrow in the wrong direction and Todd bleeding.
There was no end to the exciting games. Slingshots was up next.
There was a legit picnic going on in the middle of a walkway with giant breads and cheeses and swords.
Finally, someone wins something! Adam won a free soda for Todd and a free ticket to the Maze.
Next was axe throwing. You had to get the axe blade in the center of the hearts. Oh yeah, you had to wear funny hats too.
Todd almost won but not quite!
Adam tried his luck at the very difficult wall climbing activity. If he got to the very top, he would have won $30. But he didn't.
Then there was blow darts.
And a very creepy butterfly man. I didn't get a good shot of the front of him but he had all these white hands coming out the front of his costume. It was just plain weird.
We weren't very hungry because we stuffed ourselves at the Amish market however I managed to eat some fried pickles (my new favorite!) with ranch dressing and fried macaroni and cheese on a stick. (Sorry about the blurry pictures here!)
Next was such a proud moment for me. Todd hit the bell (I think) four times in a row on the strength test! He won a little yarn necklace.
We tried to watch some jousting but we couldn't get a good spot. Todd and I decided we had been there long enough after several hours so we decided to head out. On the way out, Todd got a chocolate covered cheesecake on a stick.
He said it tasted just like it sounded but that it was good. Despite how good it tasted, half of it landed on the ground on the way out. :)
Overall, a fun experience!