The rumors were true. There were more people dressed in costume than not. This was the line up to the opening parade.
There is a queen of the fair as well as other royal court members. Many of the participants even live in the camps around the fair grounds each weekend.
There were several stages with shows and music as well as demonstrations (metal work, spinning wool, glass blowing) throughout the fair. They also offered a lot of options for children.
One of the participants was telling us that they have to work themselves up through the ranks to be part of the fair. Here they were even testing swordsmen and women to qualify them for the fair.
I always enjoy a fun sign. These were some of my favorites...
She stood outside protesting the jousting match.
The jousting match was fun. The queen of the fair watched from her thrown while three horsemen, dressed in their armor, competed.
Each weekend of the fair, they have a dress theme for visitors. This past weekend was steampunk victorian. I'm not really sure how that connected to the renaissance fair, but some of those costumes were great...
I told my friends that we needed to start thinking of our costumes for next year. I'm not sure if we will actually do it, but I'm pretty sure that butterfly wings are a must!