I can't say I've ever had an interest in Renaissance Fairs, and even though they occurred frequently in the states near where I lived, I'd never felt the burning desire to attend one. This could be a bit surprising to those who know me well, because I'm actually a bit of a Medieval Fantasy nerd. Hand me a Game of Thrones book or anything by J.R.R. Tolkein and I'm a happy, happy girl. Still, Renaissance fairs have always just seemed a little bit too "out there." for me and so, up until this past weekend, I had never been to one.
Truth be told, I didn't even really know that we were headed to a Renaissance Fair. My mother-in-law told us about a "Ritterfest" that was taking place at Burg GreifenStein. ("Ritterfest" translates to "Knight's Party" and "Burg GreifenStein" Translates to Griffin Stone Castle.)
I wasn't quite sure what a "Ritterfest" was. A "Knight's Festival?" What's that? Is it a jousting tournament? A feast? A party? All I knew is that it was actually being held at a castle, and that was cool. We decided to make it a double date with Steven's parents and headed on over at about 7 in the evening.
It was, in fact, a Renaissance fair. People were dressed as lords and ladies and knights, there were apothecary stalls and sword vendors and people selling Medieval cloaks for 200 euro a piece. Thank you, but, I have to pass on that one. Steven actually has this odd obsession with swords and kept continually asking to buy one, causing me only to laugh awkwardly unsure if he was being serious or not.
I have to say, though, the fact that all of this was taking place at (and in) a beautiful old castle was truly amazing.
|My Cute Hubby and I.|
There was a music show on a small stage that was really fun to watch and listen to. We got a few serious kicks out of the old woman in the crazy witch costume (not pictured) who was seriously rocking out to the music. Could not stop laughing for ten straight minutes.
|There was a blacksmith actually working here, hammering out armor. Pretty amazing to watch.|
|Just a seven year old fire twirler, no big deal.|
|And, my favorite, the medieval carousel.|
Have you ever been to a Renaissance Fair? Did you love it or hate it? Tell me your stories!