Man, I cannot get that song out of my head whenever the best festival of the year rolls around – Dallas’s one and only Scarborough Renaissance Festival!
It’s seriously the best thing we have in May. If you’ve never been to one of these things, you’re in for a treat. I thought that for this third time around, I’ll take some proper pictures of the whole spectacle!
Some of my first-timer friends were surprised by how legit the fair-goers’ costumes were. No son, these people are forreal.
April and I braved the haunted mansion the last time I was here (like 5 years ago). It really wasn’t so bad except for the fact that it was so dark that you couldn’t see your own hand, and employees would lurk behind corners and scare you. Still, probably not for the faint-hearted.
Of course, the novelty items and shopping in this place is awesome. I actually didn’t get anything this time, and settled for ogling (and shooting) the beautiful items in the booths.
In addition to shopping and food, there were shows! People seemed pretty excited about the Fire Whip Guy, who I’ve never heard of before this, but now I see what all the commotion is about.
Some performers can be pretty awkward on stage…like they crack (no pun intended) a joke and no one laughs. But not this guy. He was pretty charismatic AND he fire-whipped a bottle cap off his shiny, bald head. I gotta give him credit.
On that fire-related note…there was also a glass-blowing demonstration.
I can’t believe that before last year, I had never seen a glass-blowing demonstration before. Now, I’ve seen on in St. Louis, Venice, Corning, and now here! And each time, it’s something different. So even though I “know” what’s coming, it never gets boring!
Can never get tired of more “window” shopping:
There was a candle there as thick as a tree trunk and had a burn time of like, 20,000 hours (!). But it was a pretty serious investment…like a couple hundred $$.
What is a Renaissance fair without a good ‘ol, medieval joust? Tbh, Game of Thrones definitely made me more excited about jousting than I ever was before. That crazy Mountain scene though…
May the joust begin:
We were on the “dark” side where we could chant things like “CHEAT TO WIN!” Our knight’s rival was – whaddaya know – the White Knight.
Here they go:
I got a little confused at the end when the guys jumped off their horses and started beating each other up, and then another knight jumped in to help, and…intermission, everybody! Come back at 6pm to watch the rest of joust! What. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
So we moved on, to the archery range.
Now looking back, I wish we tried it (especially the long bow)! Oh well…NEXT YEAR.
Yes, you can ride elephants.
I did it years ago just to say I did it, but now I feel bad for them. All day long, they walk in circles with humans on their backs. What a life.
The best thing about the fair though, are definitely the costumes. I’d totally dress up too…but after trying on a fancy dress (no pics allowed, boo) and asking about it’s price, those dreams were shattered. I don’t have $300+ to drop on a handmade medieval dress. 😭
My people-photography skills are a little rusty…but I’m trying to get back into the groove! It always gets better when I travel or go some place new.
This day would have been even awesomer if my allergies weren’t on full swing. I had to dip early because of all the tears and sniffles. Mental note for next time: take allergy meds before spending an entire day at Scarborough Fair!!! If you haven’t gone yet, better hurry – this weekend is your last chance to catch it!
Have you been to a Renaissance festival? Where? Did you like it?
Thanks for reading!