(Revisited Post) The Renaissance Festival

The Summer Challenge: Day 24

This post is the 2nd in a series where I take an older post and expand upon what I had originally written. My old design made it difficult to add additional photos, so I tended to only add 1 or a few photos. Plus, I didn’t write a lot of details about it either, so I will be revisiting these posts and expanding upon them. You can view the original post HERE.

The Weekend Housewife - The Renaissance Festival - Sterling NY

Back in 2012 Michael and I decided to make the trip to Sterling, NY to visit the Renaissance Festival. Talk about a fun time! Neither of us had ever been to one before and we really enjoyed ourselves. The costumes that these people dressed in were simply amazing and at times you couldn’t tell who was “working” at the festival and those that just dressed up to attend.

The Weekend Housewife - The Renaissance Festival - Sterling NY

The King and Queen could be seen walking around the grounds. We interacted with the Queen a couple times (we weren’t lucky enough to be invited to the Queen’s Tea), but we only saw the King from a distance. I got the biggest kick out of the King’s servant. (I love The Holy Grail and have seen it many times!)

The Weekend Housewife - The Renaissance Festival - Sterling NY

We got to watch many performances throughout the festival. My favorite was the Washer Wenches. Even still a few years later I remember the shrill of their voices and the water flying all over the place. They did such a great job!

The Weekend Housewife - The Renaissance Festival - Sterling NY

The Weekend Housewife - The Renaissance Festival - Sterling NY

The Weekend Housewife - The Renaissance Festival - Sterling NY

Luckily we didn’t sit extremely close to them so I didn’t need to worry about my camera getting wet when they threw buckets of water or splashed like this.

The Weekend Housewife - The Renaissance Festival - Sterling NY

The Weekend Housewife - The Renaissance Festival - Sterling NY

The Weekend Housewife - The Renaissance Festival - Sterling NY

The Weekend Housewife - The Renaissance Festival - Sterling NY

Another show that we got to see involved the Queen, but it also had a sword fight. I don’t recall too much about what the plot was about (shame on me!) but I do know they did a great job. It was entertaining and we were lucky to get front row seats for it.

The Weekend Housewife - The Renaissance Festival - Sterling NY

The Weekend Housewife - The Renaissance Festival - Sterling NY

The Weekend Housewife - The Renaissance Festival - Sterling NY

The Weekend Housewife - The Renaissance Festival - Sterling NY

We did a lot of walking around, eating, and laughing at the people in character. Most of them were really hilarious and some would walk up to you and get you to play along. I remember being asked by a young woman how she should confess her love for the guy in the photo below.

The Weekend Housewife - The Renaissance Festival - Sterling NY

The Weekend Housewife - The Renaissance Festival - Sterling NY

At the very end of the day we got to watch an actual jousting match. This was the highlight of the entire trip for me. I had never seen anything like this (in person that is) and I still talk about it when someone mentions this festival.

The Weekend Housewife - The Renaissance Festival - Sterling NY

The Weekend Housewife - The Renaissance Festival - Sterling NY

The Weekend Housewife - The Renaissance Festival - Sterling NY

We haven’t been back since 2012 but the next time that we do, Shawn will be coming with us. He loves Kings, Queens, and castles too. I am certain that he would really enjoy seeing everyone all dressed up too.

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