A full day at the Faire

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Plaza Park has a nice lake feature with lots of ducks, and a few fish.

Spring is a good time to look forward to in Tulare County.  One of the reasons for that is that the weather warms up a bit and the Renaissance Faire comes to town.  Unfortunately, the weather warmed up.  Well, to be honest it really warmed up, like to nearly the 100 mark. Yeah, in April!  And wouldn’t you know that the county came out just about 10 days earlier and trimmed back lots of the giant valley oak trees that populate Plaza Park where the faire is held.  I think most of the faire-goers as well as the participants would have liked that little more shade with the weather so hot.

 

But I don’t think it kept anyone from coming out.

This shot taken near the entry shows the HMS Dauntless
This is the 18th year for us to have the Renaissance Faire here in Tulare County.  Our Faire is put on by the Guild of Saint Mortimer.

 

There were booths for food of nearly every kind again this year, although I did not see a Starbucks coffee booth. 

 

Crafts, novelty, art, clothing, and other booths dot the landscape at every faire and this was no different.  This year the newest thing that was going over very well was Angel Wings.

 

Beautiful tents were erected around the park as Royal Glades, and resting places for the participants and royalty.

Food booths were just inside the front gates.
  And several even had things for faire-goers to do like sword fighting lessons, belly dancing lessons, making copper rubbings. 

 

And of course there were individual musicians throughout the park playing bagpipes or recorders, or drums, or fiddles.

 

There were four different stages or fields of entertainment:

 

The Village Stage had a show every 45 minutes throughout the day and featured the following performers: Guild of Triton, Out of Kontrol, Chris Yates, and the Shakespears Sisters.

 

The Market Stage also had shows every 45 minute throughout the day and featured the following performers: Grinn and Barrett, Fowl Tales, and Trey the Professional Show-Off.

One of the muscians, this one playing bagpipes.

 

The H.M.S. Dauntless recreates a sea vessel and how life at sea was lived, including duels, gun loading drills, preparing for docking and prepare for sea.

 

The Tournament Field had two shows per day at noon and 3 pm. The Knights of Mayhem entertained with four games of the day.  The two knights represented Ireland and Scotland.  First, they would carry a long slender staff about eight to ten feet in length and on horseback ride a straight line and take a large ring measuring about 8 inches in diameter from as many of the three holders along a sixty or eighty yard distance as they could.  A point was scored for each ring held on the staff.  Second, they carried a spear about six feet in length and tried to throw it into a target on the ground as they rode past on their horse.

One of the odd assortment of characters you find at the faire. More tatoos than you'd care to see.
  Points were given for each circle of a four circled target.  Third, they rode at full speed towards a target on a swivel, and tried to hit the target in a way that made the whole upper portion swing around and around, the more swings the better, as long as it misses the knight.  Points were awarded for the total number of complete circles the target swiveled.  And finally, there was jousting, where the two riders each on horseback ride towards each other at full speed on opposite sides of a center fence and carry a heavy jousting pole with which they try to unseat the other rider.  Points were scored using the following rule, one point for breaking the jousting pole on your opponent, two points for unseating him, and three points for drawing blood.  Both of the knights did very well in each of the events with only a few points difference by the end of the first three events.  And being the high caliber knights that they were, they each scored on every pass in the jousting, but neither was unseated and no blood was let, much to the delight of the both knights.  The Queen honored the Irish knight as the winner.   It was fun and exciting to watch again this year, although I too wished it weren’t so hot.

 

Included in the pictures is one of a small castle section where a weapon is displayed. Some day I hope to find, or maybe I will get wise enough to create a small brick the size of Lego to make such a castle with.  I know it will take several kinds, but heck I have time.  I just want to build a castle or two or three …….  

 

vances says:
nice review --- HUZZAH!
Posted on: Jun 18, 2007
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Plaza Park has a nice lake feature…
Plaza Park has a nice lake featur…
This shot taken near the entry sho…
This shot taken near the entry sh…
Food booths were just inside the f…
Food booths were just inside the …
One of the muscians, this one play…
One of the muscians, this one pla…
One of the odd assortment of chara…
One of the odd assortment of char…
One of the quiet, shady camp sites…
One of the quiet, shady camp site…
This young man was found guilty of…
This young man was found guilty o…
Another nice tent for the particip…
Another nice tent for the partici…
Another of the characters at the F…
Another of the characters at the …
Characters and faire-goers
Characters and faire-goers
The Queens tent.
The Queens tent.
The Queen in her tent.
The Queen in her tent.
The group Out of Kontrol perform…
The group "Out of Kontrol" perfor…
Fancy tents
Fancy tents
Trying to be as comfortable as pos…
Trying to be as comfortable as po…
More of the Royal Glade
More of the Royal Glade
Fencing displays
Fencing displays
Fencing lessons
Fencing lessons
Sword lessons
Sword lessons
More tents for the royalty
More tents for the royalty
tents for the non-royalty too
tents for the non-royalty too
With the toys and games they needed
With the toys and games they needed
armor included
armor included
This band of bad guys began gather…
This band of bad guys began gathe…
They were planning something
They were planning something
The good guys tried to calm them d…
The good guys tried to calm them …
But soon the fighting began.
But soon the fighting began.
Hands and fists, at first
Hands and fists, at first
But theyd get up and were still r…
But they'd get up and were still …
Soon the swords came out.
Soon the swords came out.
Sword play continued
Sword play continued
Swords flew everywhere
Swords flew everywhere
Slashing and slashing
Slashing and slashing
Soon they realized nobody was gett…
Soon they realized nobody was get…
so they finally calmed down.
so they finally calmed down.
The knights came into the arena
The knights came into the arena
and rode past
and rode past
On pretty good-sized horses.
On pretty good-sized horses.
Ready to play
Ready to play
The Queen
The Queen
The Queen
The Queen
A knight tried to stab a cabbage o…
A knight tried to stab a cabbage …
And he succeeded
And he succeeded
But the next time they just cut it…
But the next time they just cut i…
This is one of the targets of the …
This is one of the targets of the…
The helmet is reinstalled after be…
The helmet is reinstalled after b…
Then the jousting bagan
Then the jousting bagan
The winner
The winner
The Queen was pleased
The Queen was pleased
but she did make a few faces for t…
but she did make a few faces for …
This poor peg-legged guy had to wa…
This poor peg-legged guy had to w…
Another shot of the poor peg-legge…
Another shot of the poor peg-legg…
My daughter and her Belly Dancing …
My daughter and her Belly Dancing…
A couple of belly dancers.
A couple of belly dancers.
This woman was locked in a cage.
This woman was locked in a cage.
The HMS Dauntless
The HMS Dauntless
The best selling new item, Angel W…
The best selling new item, Angel …
A little tighter shot to show the …
A little tighter shot to show the…
people still wanted peasant clothi…
people still wanted peasant cloth…
and other bangles and beads.
and other bangles and beads.
Even bumper stickers.
Even bumper stickers.
More of the mainy booths
More of the mainy booths
And another pleasant character.
And another pleasant character.
This size blocks I would love to f…
This size blocks I would love to …
A couple of the ducks that attende…
A couple of the ducks that attend…
This guy smiled at me as I got clo…
This guy smiled at me as I got cl…
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