First, I realize I have not been on here in a while. Lots has been going on, some fun and some not fun. Now that things are mostly stable, time to expound on a few things.
First, the Ky Highlands Renaissance Fair is currently in full swing, with last weekend being the first of the 6 weekends. I am there this year for the first 4 of them, with a possibility of being there to help close up shop on the last day. I work at the Legacy Forge booth at the fair, where we sell swords, axes, hammers, knives and all other types of weaponry meant for stage combat and full use.
Man, what a weekend. Friday night had be driving through the torrents from Louisville to Springboro, OH to stay with some friends of mine. I havent seen them for almost a year, but these are the kinds of friends where you just pick up where you leave off. It was like it was just the other week, rather than 50 weeks.
So I realize that most of the last few posts have been rants. And granted, we all need to rant now and then in order to release the pressure build-up of dealing with the stupids on a daily basis, it also makes for a pretty boring and negative blog. So, now it is time for something completely different.
10 years ago I found myself going to some fair with a couple friends of mine and my then wife and stepdaughter. It was out in the middle of nowhere in a muddy field. I had no idea what we were in for, I had never heard of a renaissance festival before. So we are walking down the “main street” and there were vendors selling stuff on both sides, people dressed up in weird costumes and even guys swallowing swords and hanging things from their bodies. Also, in a large back field, there was jousting and even a birds of prey show. In the center was a tent where you could get some fish and chips and a beer. All I remember really from the day was this street performer who was trying a trick on my buddy (a jeweler) and attempting to take his watch off with as much stealth as he could. He was immediately busted, we had a laugh and went around for a couple hours and then left.
So my busy time of the year has just started. Last weekend was the opening weekend of the Kentucky Highland Renaissance Festival in Eminence, KY. It is the fair’s 10th season (opened in 2006) and my 9th season. The weekend opened with the typical rush of getting the wall set and still being in the setup mode even after we had customers coming in.
Well, it has been a while since my last post. And that one was pretty boring. Hopefully this one will be somewhat better on that front. We’ll see.
First, I have been working and playing on the weekends at the Ohio Renaissance Festival in Harveysburg, OH. It is about 20 minutes north of Kings Island. It has been a good year, and the highlight was having the tribal pipes and drums from Glascow Scotland in for this past weekend; Albannach. I was talking with one of them just before their first set about an upcomming trip and then one of his bandmates runs down, says “Hey, we goota be on stage, now.” He looks at me and says, as he points at the merc booth, “You got this? Good.” without even waiting. So, I stood guard over their merc and sold for them for the first set. It was fun and netted me a free CD. There is one weekend left of the fair and then I can sleep in on weekends again.
It is that time of year again. Fair season at Ohio Renaissance Festival is in full swing. Forgot how tiring a full day at fair followed by the 2+ hour drive home can be. Got home last night at 10pm (roughly) and was in bed by 10:30pm, blinked my eyes and had to get up for work… It is always fun at fair, but it does take a lot of energy to make it through the day.
This is kind of a “let me sum up” post. Considering it has been a while since my previous post (pre-fair) this will cover a few different subjects.
The 2014 season of the Kentucky Highland Renaissance Fair was a very successful one. Each weekend’s attendance beat the corresponding weekend of the previous year, which also have good attendance. We also had a good season at Legacy Forge. We added a 3rd person on Sundays, which really did help with closing and allowed us to get out and see some of the fair. It was a great season for weather too, with no oppressive heat issues outside of a single weekend where it got to 92 or so. Overall, it was a great 9th season at KYHRF.
This weekend starts the 9th season of the Kentucky Highlands Renaissance Fair in Eminence, KY. The gates open at 10:00 am and close at 7:00 pm. It is a great time for the whole family with music, games, rides, a full contact joust, mud show and various other events around the park. There is a children’s area and an adults only area (yep, 21 and over to enter). We have a fairy forest and gypsy camp. Make sure to hit the “Read the rest of this page »” link below to see the schedule of events and special guests.
Save some money and get tickets online
Yep, it is getting to be that time again. Spring is turning into summer way too quickly, yet again. In just a few short weeks my “busy” season starts. This coming weekend is the start to Derby Week here in Louisville, KY. Events every day leading up to the running of the Kentucky Derby. Followed by a weekend off, then a Cabin Weekend (those who know, know) and then a weekend off and then Memorial Day weekend. Continue reading