This was my very first Renaissance Fair and I really had no idea what I was getting myself into.
Ally and I figured it could be fun...and even if it sucked, there'd be good people watching.
Understatement of the century.
While standing in line to get our tickets, we were approached by some type of Fishmonger woman, who really did smell like fish. She inducted us into the Vanity Club -- you know, cause "we're so vain." This should have been a warning sign.
Upon walking through the gates (aka castle walls),
the very first person to greet us upon entering was this guy.
I almost turned around and high-tailed it back to the car, but he grabbed me and posed for a picture.
I think he also might have grabbed my ass while he was at it.
At first, it was completely overwhelming.
Ally and I both went into sensory overload and just stood in the middle of the road,
mouth gaping open, bald-faced staring at people.
Where in the hell were we and what had we just gotten ourselves into?
(Did we take some kind of wrong turn and end up in Middle Earth, because that girl's got pointy ears?)
Well, let me tell you...
According to the website, the Scarborough Renaissance Festival is a Renaissance-themed
festival based on the year 1533, during the reign of England’s King Henry VIII.
It is a 35 acre 'village' (larger than most area shopping malls) within a 167 acre site.
The festival employs more than 2,000 performers, artisans, food service people,
grounds crew, and retail staff during the course of a season.
Annual attendance is 200,000 people!
The Scarborough Renaissance Festival is a permanent location with 21 stages,
which hosts over 200 performances daily.
150 primarily volunteer members of the Scarborough Academy of Performing Arts
make up the performing company that become the "characters" of Scarborough
including King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn.
Three full combat jousts take place each day (jousting arena below).
Over 200 permanent "shoppes" feature unique handmade wares made by
artisans from around the country. The Scarborough Renaissance Festival is one of the
largest outdoor "juried" craft shows in the country.
At the stores, you can get things like chainmail, leather goods, potion books,