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When is the last time you went to a Renaissance festival?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on September 7, 2011

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Photo of Spencer Wilson

“I went on Monday. It was pretty good. ”

Photo of Isabella Rantner

“I went last year. It was cool. ”

Photo of Meri Vu

“I have never gone. ”

Photo of Josh Heckathorn

“I went when I was 10.”


gphawk89 4 years, 1 month ago

This spring. At least once every year since 1988.

geekin_topekan 4 years, 1 month ago

RenFaire is a celebration of white heritage. Indians have powwows and whites have the renfaire.

The smell really should not surprise you, considering the fact the white people never bathed. SOmething about God and stuff.


Ron Holzwarth 4 years ago

You are incorrect is saying "never bathed". You are also incorrect in saying it had something to do with G-d.

It was believed during the Middle Ages that bathing opened the pores to disease.

And, people did bath occasionally.

For instance, Queen Isabella of Spain was bathed three times.

Once when she was born, once the day before her wedding, and once more just before she was buried.

geekin_topekan 4 years, 1 month ago

RenFaire is a celebration of white heritage. Indians have powwows and whites have the renfaire.

The smell really should not surprise you, considering the fact the white people never bathed. SOmething about God and stuff.


Ron Holzwarth 4 years, 1 month ago

I have a feeling of deja vu for some reason.

RoeDapple 4 years, 1 month ago


About 30 years ago. It still pi$$e$ me off thinking about wasting a beautiful fall day traipsing through the mud at this so called festival.

Flap Doodle 4 years, 1 month ago

Does wearing a doublet and codpiece every day count?

Ron Holzwarth 4 years, 1 month ago

You must have worn something underneath your codpiece, or you probably wouldn't have been allowed to attend for two consecutive days.

Ron Holzwarth 4 years, 1 month ago

There were other colors also.

And some of it was on paper, if I recall correctly.

Ceallach 4 years, 1 month ago

I suppose it could count, depending on where they are worn. But be careful, they could just end up being one count of an indictment :)

somedude20 4 years, 1 month ago

Where girls of size can show off their goods while eating ten pounds of turkey legs with the grease that drips down their, well, it just drips down. I like the roasted cinnamon almonds and laughing at the ring people is always a great time (try going with some magic in your fun) Christmas for LARP/Lord of the Ring nerds, got to love it

dogsandcats 4 years, 1 month ago

First and last time about 10 years ago. Not my thing, at all.

tolawdjk 4 years, 1 month ago

Sounds like some grumpy old cusses here.

Did you not see the pictures? Were you somehow unaware of what would be there.

Best and worst one I have been too was south of Denver. Wonderful weather in the foothills, even in July, but it certainly felt like everywhere was uphill.

I certainly prefer the ones that have people there practicing their craft. Glassblowing, leatherwork, black smithing.

It's also interesting to see what new food they decide to put "on a stick". This year is, much to the five yr olds pleasure, it was mac 'n cheese.

Terry Sexton 4 years, 1 month ago

I've gone to this thing a couple of times over the years. Once was when the in-laws were in town & wanted to check it out. Everybody had a good time until the Rat Lady started chasing my mother-in-law with some furry looking rodent-on-a-stick.
About twenty years later, some dear, misguided friends just knew the missus & I would enjoy visiting their booth, so they comped some tickets to us. We sighed & went again. It was meh.

Rae Hudspeth 4 years, 1 month ago

ZOMG there are boobies and big people, laughing and having fun!

The breastesses give the yahoos something to look at while most of the jokes go over their heads. If you grab one of the programs at the front gate, it's easier to find a lot of craftsmanship going on in many wonderful booths, although it's been greatly overshadowed by too many cheap imported crap booths in times past, I noticed more artisans out this year.

And surprise, Elizabethan England was a bit bawdy around the edges. It's not everyone's cuppa tea, true enough. There are an amazing number of hopeful actors out there who spend a great deal of money making their own costuming, for the sheer joy of performing.

Terry Sexton 4 years, 1 month ago

I dreamt I went to the Rennie-fest & the Transformers took over. The most awesome was the Roe9000. It rolled through the front entrance as a battered eighteen-wheeler & transformed into a desktop PC commentator satirically spewing delightful comments with ever so consistent accuracy.
It's a short-lived Transformer model, though, soon to be replaced by the Roe10000. I can't wait.

Outsidelookingin 4 years, 1 month ago

Maybe you should have popped him with a Turkey leg.

H_Lecter 4 years, 1 month ago

A lot of funerals that year....good times!

somedude20 4 years, 1 month ago

LJWorld, you guys need to start having a page three girl as I think it will help your credibility and will eventually lead to some strong sales.

ljwhirled 4 years, 1 month ago

Yeah, we need for Dolph to act MORE like Rupert Murdoch.

Mike Hatch 4 years, 1 month ago

I've never been. I don't think I'd like it, though.

I was with my family a few years ago at an Old Country Buffet (first mistake) having dinner and a group of people still in costume came in to eat. You could hear them (and smell them) across the dining room. They were doing everything they could to keep in character, which was really irritating. I wanted to ask them how many soft serve ice cream machines they had back in the 1500s.

I had to go to a wedding of a couple that my dad worked with when I was about 12. The couple was heavily into this type of thing and all the guests, when they walked into the church, had to select an item of period-styled clothing from a big heap an PUT IT ON and wear it for the ceremony. The bride's gown was beautiful, but the rest of it really kind of freaked me out. The reception was in their new home, which was a big old rundown Victorian house that hadn't had the power to it turned on yet and there was no furniture. One of those things I'll never forget.

Ron Holzwarth 4 years, 1 month ago

Did you see any ghosts?

No big old rundown Victorian house is complete without one or two.

bd 4 years, 1 month ago

My mother is english, I HATE fake english accents! Never been, never will!

Ron Holzwarth 4 years, 1 month ago

Here Is What Everyone Forgets Or Never Knew In The First Place:

"Y" was a printer's shortcut that meant "Th".

It meant nothing more than that. Using it as a phoneme sounding "Y" was never part of Olde English speaking vocabulary.

Ron Holzwarth 4 years ago

Good one!

And I do know the feeling.

Ron Holzwarth 4 years, 1 month ago

I just have to point this out.

I personally know the man who attends the Renaissance Festival wearing his own custom made Knight's set of armor, and it's made of stainless steel. It's very nice and shiny.

Not a joke, it was made entirely of stainless steel, and it was made just for him. It would have been wonderful to have a set of armor like that in the Middle Ages, I'm sure!

He never has told anyone how much it cost, but had to have been a fortune.

No matter, he's got the money.

irvan moore 4 years ago

i was offered free tickets today, i declined

Armored_One 4 years ago

Being one that not only enjoys the lack of modernization, or at least as much as you can get with ATMS and what not lurking here and there, I've always enjoyed the Ren Fest.

Granted, I've actually talked with the people that operate the booths and stands, and if you get to know them, they will usually consider a slight change in their price.

I also know the amount of work that goes into a lot of the items that you find for sale there, namely the leather and metal goods. 10-20 hours hammering out a sword blade in an overgrown blast furnace is a pain, to be polite. Currently, I only make jewelry, but I have put hundreds of hours in at a forge and anvil. 125 for a sword that is handmade is almost a steal.

99% of the Fest is affordable to all but the barest of budgets.

You just have to stop and actually think first before just reaching for your wallet.

But that is just my opinion. Obviously, it's a fairly jaded one, but I do try to be as honest as I can be when giving an opinion.

Kontum1972 4 years ago

18 years ago.....wasnt impressed.....havent been back since...isince i am a KCAI Alumni i just donate to the school....screw the fest....

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