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Step Back In Time - Activities At The Renaissance Faire

Jul 7, 2008
If you've never attended a Renaissance or Medieval faire before, you probably aren't sure what to expect. Fortunately, the crowd and staff at these faires are almost always welcoming to newcomers, and there's always a lot to do. In fact, there's so much at the average faire that it's easy to get overwhelmed. Before you walk through the gate, it's a good idea to have some conception of what the faire will be like and what's available for visitors. Here are just a few things you'll probably see and have the opportunity to participate in, as well as some tips on faire attendance.

First, you should make sure that you're dressed to attend the faire. That doesn't mean you have to be in costume, though many visitors do choose to wear garb in order to experience the event to its fullest. However, no matter what you wear, make sure that any exposed skin is thoroughly treated with sun block, and don't forget to wear comfortable shoes! Most Medieval or Renaissance faires are on natural sites, which means you'll be dealing with uneven ground, long walks, and occasionally even mud. Remember to bring water with you, too - or be willing to buy drinks at the many food stands you'll encounter while you're at the event.

One of the first things you'll probably notice is the large number of people in costume. Many of them are visitors, just like you, but many are also volunteers or employees of the faire. They're there to add to the atmosphere. Many of them will address you in character and attempt to interact with you - don't be afraid to have some fun! You'll encounter peasants, knights, gypsies, royalty and nobility, and lots more. Some faires incorporate fantasy elements, so don't be surprised if you run into people dressed as fairies or other mythological beings.

The average Renaissance faire offers plenty to see and do. Visitors can buy tickets or pay to participate in tests of strength, archery and throwing games, guess your weight games and a lot more. Shows are also common. While you can't participate in them, you'll have the opportunity to watch jousting tournaments in full armor, falconry shows, nobility performing court scenes, dances, and lots more. Some of the performances will be followed by question and answer sessions, in which you can get to know the performers, and even meet some of the animals. You'll probably learn a lot, and see some pretty spectacular things.

Don't forget refreshment, either. Renaissance faires are known for their specialty foods and drinks. You'll probably encounter some pretty outlandish things, like Pickle on a Stick, giant turkey legs, period treats, and more. However, you can also be sure you'll find lots of old favorites, so there'll be something for everyone. Faire can get very exciting, causing many people to forget about food and drink. Don't be tempted to skip a meal or a drink, however. The sun is hot, and you're doing a lot of exercise walking through the event. You'll want to refuel if you're going to feel your best. The faire is a great place to have a lot of fun, and if you know what you're getting into, you can avoid any problems.
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