Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The Renaissance Faire


This weekend we went to The Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Faire in Taveres, Fl. We had never been to a Renaissance Fair, and weren't quite sure what to expect, but it was such a lovely day. There was so much activity at every turn. There were beautiful costumes, and so many bright colors. And the fair staff all carried on in character, wherever they were. It was oddly strange, but really fun.
 



There were booths selling all kinds of different things. Bella had her heart set on a crown. She choose a pink gem, and the woman fixed it to the crown for her.


 

There were favorite foods and horseback rides with my girl.

 
This man was imprinting coins, even real gold and silver ones.

 
This is Shane Adams, producer and host of The History Channel's Full Metal Jousting show. His team of real jousters joined him at this event. It was the real deal, not staged or planned.

From the Full Metal Jousting's website:
Today’s full-contact sport has its roots in jousting events that have been gaining popularity over the past 30 years. In the 1980s, a small, dedicated group of performers began discussing ways to move jousting beyond choreographed entertainment and back to its physical, extreme-sports roots. Authenticity was key–real armor, real lances and real hits. Medieval armor designs were researched and painstakingly re-created using modern materials (often by hand), solid wood lances were introduced to replace safer, breakaway show lances, new rules and scoring systems were designed and a series of new full-contact tournaments was launched. What began as a small niche community has grown to include more than 200 competitive jousters worldwide.



While today’s full-contact jousting features modern elements, its tactics and methods have their root in the sport’s origins as knightly combat training more than 500 years ago. The state-of-the-art armor featured on Full Metal Jousting uses the most advanced materials, but relies on the same basic design as that used 500 years ago–it’s nearly impossible to improve upon the original. The thrilling moment of de-horsing your opponent is not a new invention–it goes back to the Middle Ages when a knight’s aim was not to kill his enemy, but to capture him and his valuable equipment. And new rules designed to protect the safety of both the jouster and his horse means today’s competitors require a greater mix of strength, agility and accuracy than any show jouster–harkening back to jousting’s heyday as history’s first extreme sport.



 
And the kids LOVED it! They cheered and booed.
 
 
Forged in fire, at the blacksmith's booth.



 
The pretty girls on their horses were Bella's favorite part of the show.


There were all kinds of fun things for the kids (and grown ups) to do.
Like the Ax Throw...
 

...and the water balloon toss,

 
..and archery.
 




We had such a fun time, I think we'll do it again next year!


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