I have never been to a Renaissance fair before, and had always wanted to go to one. In July 2010, I finally got my chance when I went with my mom and her boyfriend to the Sterling Renaissance Festival.
It was like it’s own town, with it’s own restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues. It was a weird sensation, since it was so easy to get engrossed in the atmosphere and feel like you were transplanted back in time, then you get the urge to use the camera to take a picture, and you’d be reminded it was a modern representation of what the past might have been like. The festival workers really did a great job at keeping up appearances.
The neat thing was that even real world companies got in the act, with the Potomac Leather Co. having a shop that sold medieval themed clothing such as leather tunics and leather coin pouches.
My mom’s boyfriend wanted to take us to two shows. The first was the Mud Pits. He got us really close, and I think he wanted us to get muddy, but I was a party pooper and noticed the sign that said the first three seats would get muddy, so I had us move back since my Mom and I really didn’t feel like getting mud on us.
The main guy in the play got into the audience to warm up the crowd before the show, where he would try to get us all to wave to him. Once the show went on, all three performers got really muddy. They wanted to get people from the audience to come up and hug them, but we were too chicken. My mom did get her picture taken with them though.
The other show my mom’s boyfriend wanted to see was the Washer wenches, who sprayed water around like the Mud pit performers sprayed mud around. This is the cleaner of the two in that sense, but the dirtier of the two in it’s sexual overtones. It was all in good fun though, and the jokes went right over the heads of the kids in the audience anyway.
They had rides there that were operated completely by two large guys, without any electricity. I convinced my Mom to go with me on one that spun around a pole like a maypole. She got very dizzy and nauseous, and I got quite dizzy for a while and lost my sense of balance. It was a lot of fun though, and I’m trying to convince my mom to go on another ride with me next year. :)over 2 years ago