Renneasance Festicals

@uath13 (8207)
United States
February 12, 2007 9:31am CST
How many of you have been to a Renneasance Festival , seen a joust or worn a suit of armor or a sword? I had a guest over last night and had a lot of fun pulling out my gear and explaining it all. I miss having my own shop at the festivals. How many of you have been to one? Where at? Do actively participate or just watch?
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@whybird (111)
• United States
16 Feb 07
Cool post. We've been to the Colorado Ren Faire, the Kansas faire, and the North Carolina Faire. Dh started a suit of armor years ago but never finished. At DragonCon last year we went to a class where they talked about making chainmail and it's something we've toyed with doing. One of these days we may actually make a set. Most of the time we dress up, me as a wench, dh as a rogue and our daughter dressed up as a fairy. It's fun to go dressed up, but it's even more just to BE there.
@uath13 (8207)
• United States
16 Feb 07
Cool, If you decide to really go at that suit of mail I can give you some good pointers. A well made set is a work of art.
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• Canada
11 Apr 08
I've never been to a Ren Fest, but have gone to a couple of SCA events. They are great fun! I went to Bacchus once, a feast and to a Border War camping event. Watching the fighting was totally kickass! We now live down the street from the community centre where fight practices, archery practice and meetings are held for the local SCA groups! If my hubby can ever be up in time, we gotta start going! I may even start going without him. We finally have a yard big enough to throw knives so we're going to get a 2 or 3 sets and start that this summer!
• Canada
11 Apr 08
You do have a point about SCA armor requirements. You're right, they were designed for amateurs. Unfortunately, real armor is pretty pricey. However, there is a demand for your skills in the SCA. Events such as Pennsic and other large camping events attract merchants of all types. Forged weapons are prized by some as well. There is also the opportunity to join or form crafting guilds. Metal helmets of 16 gauge in some places, 12 gauge in others are REQUIRED for fighters. I hope that brightens your day, my barbarian friend. Your skills are valued and I'm glad they're being kept alive. Slainte!
@starr4all (2865)
8 Mar 07
I've been to one ren faire and that was a lot of fun. It was in Witchita, Kansas back in...oh...1993 I believe. I would like to go more, but there aren't any close to me. I was active in the SCA for a while but it's hard to stay active when my family isn't involved.
@uath13 (8207)
• United States
9 Mar 07
Your right, its much more fun when the whole family's involved.
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• United States
31 Oct 07
only in my dreams, would love to .... when i was young i used help my uncle in his blacksmith shop (mind u i was young so little true help was done) but it still stays with me that we never got to see his work beyong the shop, some folks would give him pictures of them wearing or displaying his stuff was nice but not same love to hear more it be closest ill get & ty for keeping it all "alive"
@bonbon50 (659)
• United States
16 Feb 07
We have a Medieval festival that comes once a year and sets up in the woods. It's huge, jousting rings and all. I love going to it. Almost everyone dresses for the period and it's like walking into another world for a while! It runs for about 4-6 weeks!
@uath13 (8207)
• United States
16 Feb 07
Nice. What area? I'm anxious for warmer weather so I can get my group moving again. We have a weeked reinactment each month.
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@bonbon50 (659)
• United States
17 Feb 07
Trumball County in Ohio.
• United States
12 Feb 07
I've worked at some, but then I gave it up to do more lucrative shows on the weekends. I still do the occassional SCA event and sometimes my friends drag me to a Ren Faire.
@uath13 (8207)
• United States
12 Feb 07
Cool, I've only been to a couple small SCA events but they were fun. What kind of shows are you doing now?
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