Monday, January 26, 2015

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire

I have always wanted to go to a Medieval faire, this weekend I finally got to. It was an early start, 6:30 to be precise. I got up, did my make-up, got dressed, and put enough vegan pancakes to feed an army in the oven to warm. It turned out to be a smaller group than expected for breakfast and the trip but hey, I have plenty of pre-made breakfast for several weeks now.
The trip to Gainesville felt like it passed quicker than the 2.5 hours it took.
I opted to skip wearing a corset for comfort. I did bring one of my costume blouses to change into but it was too cold for it.
The weather was cooler than expected and very windy. The wind made the overcast 60 feel like the 40s. Our group was unprepared and most of us shivered all day. My hubby brought along the cloak I made him for Christmas so he let me wear his jacket, it was quite out of theme but I was happy to have something to help keep warm in the brisk wind. I brought my fairy wings but I never took them out of the car, I figured they would blow away.
Leather motorcycle jackets were all the rage during the renaissance ;)
It rained all day the day before the fair so the grounds were very muddy. I was glad I wore cheap flats. I would have ruined lace-up Minnetonka boots I had thought about wearing.
 The royal procession marching to the arena for the jousting match.



The joust was thrilling. They went all out and didn't hold back. The horses were so beautiful and well trained. It made me miss when I owned and rode horses. I forgot how large draft horses are, they made my largest (17 hand tall) horse look like a toothpick.

The joust came down to Sir William in the red and gold and Sir Percy in the green and red. We cheered on Sir William but Sir Percy won the match.

Sir William split several of his lances
After the winner was announced it turned into a brawl which was admonished by the king.

I couldn't help but take a picture of this food vender, it was so silly

There were lots of great shows, we really enjoyed this jester's juggling show. Being a fellow jugglers, Hubby and I felt sorry for him with the crazy wind, his props kept blowing off stage and being blown out of patterns when performing. Although, he was so charismatic he made it all seem like it was part of the show. We gave him a good tip. Go see one of Paolo Garbanzo's shows if you can.

 We didn't have much money to spend but we made the most of what we had. We had a nice lunch and several snacks and I found a beautiful pair of purple leather bracers in my size on a half price rack for $12. The bracers will be a treasured addition to my costume collection.
After the faire we met up at a local Jamaican resturant for dinner. I wasn't very hungry so I just ordered a slice of vegan coconut cake. The cake was probably the best cake I have ever had in my life. Oh my gosh, YUM!

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If we go again next year maybe I will have time to make a period costume for myself. I have the patterns waiting, I just need the fabric. Sigh, just another of many projects.

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