We have gone every year, but the last two since we have been in Florida. I never even heard of such a thing before I moved to Florida. I really enjoy being there. It's like you're walking through a medieval village that your ancestors could have been a part of. The medieval period spans about 700 years starting around the year 800.(I so wish I had a time machine!)
It is even a more awesome experience if you know one of your ancestors from that time period. If I would have been with like-minded people, or should I say genealogy/family history minded people, I would have stayed longer and sat through every entertainment venue.
Ironically while I was doing research for this post the other day Tweetdeck popped up with the tweet:
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Ron Patterson, Held First Renaissance Faire, Dies at 80 http://ht.ly/3Niax
You can read more about Ron Patterson in the New York Times.
Some people dress up in medieval costumes when they go. I have not done this yet, but I have decided next time I am dressing up whether someone else dresses up with me or not! So I was taking photos of different costumes to get an idea.
This guy had the most awesome costume of all. I think he was dressed as a musketeer or a pirate. I never did get a shot of his front side.
So I was thinking about dressing up like a pirate or a wizard. But, then I thought why not dress like my 18th great-grandmother, Queen of Scotland, Annabella Drummond?
Maybe I can get hubby to wear his Clan McDonald tartan? (I know he aint wearing a kilt).
If you are dying to go to a medieval festival (I know you are), I found list of Renaissance Faires and Festivals. Go check it out for one in your area!