September 29th, 2007 | Posted in General

Virtually every year The Lovely Anna and I go to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, a weekends-only fair in August and September set up like a renaissance village complete with buildings, actors in character, shows, costuming and a ton of food and drink. Our first “Ren Fest” together was 20 years ago, right after we’d become engaged. We’ve only missed a handful of years since.

It’s a lot more fun to go in costume than just in jeans and a t-shirt. A lot of people really get dressed up and some play their part as well as any of the ‘professional’ actors on the grounds in character. Over the years we’ve pieced together our own outfits… there are lots of artisans selling some pretty impressive looking costumes and garments, as well as weapons and other accessories.

I got all my gear at the Ren Fest over the years, except the tights (old Batman costume) and the sword (won that playing blackjack in Vegas… long story). Anna made her dress, which looks fantastic. Here are some more pics from last weekend’s time traveling festivities:

The Dramatic Victoria and boyfriend Joe


The Effervescent (Princess) Gabrielle


Number One Son Thomas and the Old Man

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is one of the highest regarded in the country, although most states have one. If you ever get a chance to go to one, take it. If done well they are great fun. Don’t just pass by the many shows and acts… they are highlights of the fair.

… and don’t forget to heckle the caricaturists.


  1. Trevour says:

    I haven’t been to the ‘Ren Fest’ in 8 years… are Puke & Snot still alive??

  2. mengblom says:

    What a great looking bunch! I’ll have to get back down there one of these days.

    Oh, and tell Tommy that’s a sharp-looking THOR shirt. He’s got good taste.

  3. Tom says:

    That shirt was Tommy’s idea of dressing up for the Ren Fest. Thor is “kind of medieval” he said. Of course this is the Renaissance Fair not the Medieval Fair… but who’s counting??

    You can’t go wrong with a Kirby “Thor” shirt.


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