Saturday, May 28, 2011

Iowa Renaissance Festival

Marsha and I went to the Iowa Renaissance Festival today. I am a festival newbie, always wanted to go but never managed to get it done. It was a lot of fun and  . . . um . . . an eye opener! 

The performers were in costume and so were a lot of the people who attended. It was worth the price of admission just to watch the people!

Marsha and I made a list of the different "styles" of costumes. They included, but were not limited to: Renaissance (obviously), Scottish/Celtic, pirates, fantasy (fairies, elves and the like), samuri, Tinker Belle, the Three Muskateers, gypsies, harem girls, old west saloon girls, a possible Smurf, something I think was a Hobbit and let's face it, there were some folks who looked like they had just wandered out of a "People of Wal-Mart" e-mail. Hey, individuality is good thing. It was rainy and crummy for most of the day, which limited photo opps of odd people but we had a good time anyway.

This is a komondor, right?
Well, whatever he is, he was at the festival.
He was quite be-ribboned.

Yes, this guy is blowing a fire ball.

These folks were having a good time showing off their finery.

The lady in the blue dress on the right was nearly showing off a few other things as well. She was one wobble away from a major wardrobe malfunction.

It seemed in vogue to bring your dog(s) to the Renaissance festival. There were many dogs there. Some of them wore costumes, too. 

Jousting was the highlight of a rainy day.


  1. You got some great shots!! It was fun - thanks for inviting me!!!

  2. Looks like tons of fun. I always try to catch our Ren Faire every year, but unfortunately ours isn't really dog friendly. They do always have the "Royal Greyhounds" booth though.

  3. I miss the Ren fair I used to attend back home...loads of fun people watching! By chance was there a pair of guys doing a comedic stage act named Don Juan and Miguel?

  4. I don't know the size of that dog, but it looks like a Bergamasco. He's got some big dreads!

  5. Jen - It looked smaller than a Komondor and was grey/brown instead of white. I would guess it was probably about 20 inches?

    I just looked up Bergamasco and I think you're right!!

  6. That looks like the Brotherhood of Steel fighting.... Come this year... I get to beat me husband up just to prove his armor can take it LOL