Renaissance Fair

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis weekend was all sorts of crazy in the Heidenthal house. Erik's little brother, whom you may remember from these lovely engagement photos... is getting married in a month. Erik is the best man, so he hosted the bachelor party. That meant there were four extra guys here all weekend, reeking havoc and being boys. Just kidding, they actually weren't that crazy at all and spent most of their time shooting each other with paintball guns. But I did want to give them some space, so I headed out for the day Saturday. What better place to spend a Saturday avoiding a bachelor party than at the Renaissance Fair???

My parents and brother had never been to a Renaissance Fair before, so they invited me to come with them.

Renaissance Fairs seem to me like a big festival of people selling things. Some of those things are very cool and I bought some, but hey it's still very much an old timey styled craft fair... with T shirts and turkey legs.

I'd gone to a much larger Renaissance Fair in Maryland once where I was one of the few people who HADN'T dressed up for the occasion. That one had jousting and sword fights to watch. This one was obviously smaller, with less "shows" and more emphasis on the booths. But we still had fun walking around visiting all the little vendors. I tried to convince Cade to do the axe throwing game with me, but he was just no fun.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe're at a Renaissance Fair - whaaat!?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis was kind of a carnival game where you threw the ball and chain and tried to hit the ship mast. Cade almost won a prize but not quite.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy chocolate covered strawberries on a stick were really lacking in the chocolate... but they were still strawberries, thus still delicious.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA very flattering photo of my dad and his turkey leg.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy baby brother looking extremely tall. Please keep in mind this kid is 10 years younger than me and it's kind of strange for him to suddenly be so tall.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAShopping for some tea.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAh, Cade, what will we do with you?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe had to find the appropriate crimes for us all.

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We had fun, but would definitely have enjoyed some more things to DO other than buy food and souvenirs. Most things to do seemed designed for children. But it was still a good time to walk around and see all the cool stuff. There were some amazing artisans selling really cool things that I enjoyed seeing... and buying!