I’ve been really sick the last 3 weeks with some kind of cold or respiratory gunk, so it’s been quite a while since I’ve felt up to doing stuff online. But three weeks ago tomorrow the kids and I went to the Utah Renaissance Festival and Fantasy Faire. It was so much fun, even though I was a day into a horrible cold.
Last year the kids and I didn’t have costumes but this year we wanted some. Time was short, so we modified what we had, shopped thrift stores, and made it work. Nia used clothes and fairy wings she already had. I found a long thrift-store skirt for myself and we modified an old vest. My mom made me a poufy shirt and apron. For the older kids, including their nephew Benjamin, we made hooded cloaks. Friday morning before we left I made some drawstring bags to get around the problem of needing a place for money, keys, camera, and phone but still look authentic.
The first thing we did upon arriving was put each kid in the stocks. You can’t tell really, but he’s smiling. Maybe we need some rotten tomatoes. 🙂
I’d crossed my fingers every day for two weeks on checking the weather and it was supposed to be mostly sunny and 66 degrees. Perfect! Unfortunately, in the afternoon a big rainstorm hit and it was pretty cold and wet for a while. We kept warm by huddling around the blacksmith’s fire.
A kind lady named Susan cuddled Nia in her cloak
The blacksmith, complete with wooden leg
There were all manner of colorful characters wandering around…our favorite was Captain Jack Sparrow himself. He had the look, the costume, the mannerisms, the walk, the lingo, the ship, and even the voice.
The kids loved playing in the Belegarth fortress and guarding it with their new swords and baldrics:
A highlight of the faire is always the jousting with the hilarious Knights of Mayhem.
A knight suiting up
One of our favorite parts of the Faire is all the awesome shops and booths where you can buy authentic costumes, weapons, treats, and accessories. We let each child take $20 this year and they had so much fun spending it. Nia got a parasol, a gorgeous inlaid box made of stone, and a necklace with a real flower imbedded in it. Bran bought himself a boken—a wooden samurai-type sword and also a leather baldric to hold his wooden sword he bought last year. Ciara bought a sword and baldric combo and a crystal. I got a messenger-type bag and a handmade white wide-brimmed hat, which the makers stretched for me to get the perfect size.
Besides the jousting and shopping we watched a magic show, a massive jenga-type game, and a shop owner demonstrating “Contact juggling” like Jareth in the Labyrinth movie.
It was so much fun and as we drove away, exhausted, hungry, and footsore, we were already talking excitedly about next year’s Faire.