About 2 1/2 hours away in Sterling, NY there is a huge renaissance festival that is now celebrating its 36 year. I have wanted to go for many years and Michael has always told me no but somehow I managed to convince him to go and it was better than I had expected. I couldn’t believe the costumes that not only the actors were wearing, but also the common folk attending the festival. It was at times hard to tell the difference between them because these people really got into their roles and were over the top. I think that if the clothing wasn’t so expensive that Michael and I would dress up because it seems like it would be a lot of fun.
The King and Queen of England can be seen walking through the lands and we weren’t lucky enough to be invited to the Queen’s Tea but we did get to interact with her on a couple of occasions. There were shows/performances throughout the grounds and we got to watch quite a few of them (the Washer Wenches were by far my favorite) and they were done very well. There were real sword fights and jousting, court jesters, monks, fairies, turkey legs and lots of medieval games and rides for the children.
We started our day by walking around and looking through the many shops (everything was extremely expensive!) and we had to of walked from one end to the other at least a dozen times. We were approached by many of the actors to “play along” with their skits and all around it was an amazing day. We ended the day with the jousting and probably the one thing that I wanted to watch more than anything and we had really good lawn seats so I could get some really great photos. At the beginning they had all of the children attending come on up and ride a wooden horse through an obstacle course and then at the end, they all got to meet the Queen. It was rather cute to watch them all.
I can’t say that we will be attending again next year, but it is something that I think we will certainly do again!