I wish I had discovered exactly how cool Renaissance Fairs are earlier in my life. But I did discover them as an adult, and boy are they fun! We made a trip to visit some friends this weekend, and attended a local fair for the Atlanta area.
It was pirate weekend, so there were lots of folks dressed in fancy pirate garb. Here are a few forming for the pirate parade event.
While I always enjoy pirate garb and the opportunity to say “YAR!”, I took this opportunity to wander the fair grounds in my ice fairy costume that I completed for DragonCon last year. I encountered several fairies from the fair staff near the gates. Of course I posed for a picture with them, though it was quite awkward as they wanted to talk all olde timey and fairy like which is cute, but I fail at both role playing AND normal conversation a lot, and this was definitely one of those times.
I love the fire fairy costume most, and the ice fairy queen’s makeup was beautiful. I also got to pose with some smaller fairies for a photo. And at one point during the day, a little girl came up to me and asked if I could fly (of course my answer was yes).
I got asked for a handful of photos, and got quite a few compliments on my wings, which is always nice.
Last time I wore the costume, I had a few issues. I tried to resolve most of them this time – for instance the ties on my sandals. They fell down a lot at DragonCon, and they even fell down once at the Ren Fair. But after the one instance, they stayed up. I made the effort to tie the straps above the largest part of my calves so that it would be harder for them to fall down. The time they did come undone, it was actually due to the pieces that were under the heel of my foot coming loose. So I call that a success. I did have the problem where the pointy back part of my fairy crown continually got caught in my wings – still very annoying, may ultimately need to make a new crown that is circular instead of teardrop shaped. Also, my corset had a pretty serious malfunction in that one of the grommets completely came off 🙁 I guess my hammering skills were not up to snuff. I’ll need to fix that if I intend to wear this again.
Enough costume things. More on the fair! We tried out the “Royal Family Package”, which for the four of us going, was about $25 per person and included a drink, a food entree, a free ride or game, and discount coupons for costume rentals and souvenirs. We gave away the ride/game ones to a family with kids, and didn’t use the costume rental coupons. We still felt like it was a good deal because the food ranges from like $3-$8 per item.
Speaking of food, my husband ordered chili cheese fries for his entree. I wish I had taken a picture of them, they were piled on a plate and definitely one of the more “worth it” items on the food menu in my opinion. I on the other hand, ordered “chicken on a stick”, and it was just chicken fingers on a stick. I won’t do that again. We’ve had steak and pork on sticks before and those are definitely better choices. We got popsicles from the King of Pops (pineapple habenero was awesome, and the cookies and cream had a whole cookie inside it!) stand while we watched the joust. The joust was only meh, but our friends said that the later shows are more interesting (we saw the 11:30 show).
After the joust, we wandered the fair and the shops. At one point, we saw this:
This turtle had quite the crowd around him, and his little cart even had a tiny doll sitting on it “driving”. His basket was for donations for a “scaley beasties” rescue, and we happily donated. There was a tent nearby with lizards and I saw a man with a python wrapped around him as well. This little guy was one of the best parts of the day for me.
We continued wandering and shopping. I am a huge fan of glass sculptures, you know, the tiny ones of animals and the like. We found a vendor selling these, and bought a pretty, sizable glass dragon with blue coloring who can hang from some twine. Below is a picture of him in his new home in the window between our living room and the kitchen. I also used my 10% off coupon and bought a t-shirt with a dragon on it.
Our friends, Suzanne and Colin, decided to purchase some blown glass ornaments. And we happened upon the shop as they were beginning a glass blowing demonstration so we stayed to watch him make a blown glass mug and listen as the artisan told us how he does his craft. It was very interesting, and I was happy we stumbled across the demonstration. Apparently gravity is really useful in glass blowing, particularly when he was shaping the handle of the mug.
And by that point, we had been there for about 3 hours and were quite hot and sweaty. As was pointed out to me by many fair-goers, my ice fairy self had “forsaken them” and refused to use my ice magic to cool the hot day. So we made our way to the car where the air conditioning could cool us off in ways my ice magic could not. All in all, it was quite a fun day!