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Bristol Renaissance Fair Recap from Visual Stimulus

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 HALFSTACK MAGAZINE

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Photography by Aimee of Visual Stimulus

Destination: Bristol Renaissance Fair in Kenosha, WI ~ right on the WI/IL border. An hour or less drive.

When: Saturdays, Sundays & Labor Day Monday
July 5 thru September 1, 2014
10am - 7pm


Photography by Aimee of Visual Stimulus

Good day !
I must say dear readers that this is the most interactive, exciting, crazy hilarious, fun and entertaining 'Street Fair' that I have ever been to. It's a little piece of this authentic renaissance magic that you get to enjoy for a day and be a totally different person. Almost everyone dresses up for the fair ranging from peasants and commoners to garden sprites to the dance of the death plague... which by the way only "we" (the vistors) can see. The residents cannot see death and they simply ask you (in full out proper accent/dialect/demeanor) "I ask, what might thee be staring at?" As he gazes around in confusion.

Photography by Aimee of Visual Stimulus

From what I observed, most people make their own costumes. If you really want to go all out you can rent a top of the line ornate renaissance get up with all the bells and whistles.

They really spare no expense on the costumes, hair, make-up, actors, and the vast array of curio shops boasting the most unique collections of everything "renaissance." I found myself wandering into stores half the time I was there! It took full will-power mode not to buy too much. All I kept seeing were photoshoot costume ideas! It was sheer torture to be honest.

The actors are never out of character. They interact with one another and all of us walking around the dusty ground, constantly bumping into a plethora of unique and eclectic assortment of lavishly dressed individuals.

There are shows of all types going on throughout the day so there's always something happening somewhere! It's not overly-crowded (from my experience), and pretty much anywhere you eat you are guaranteed very good food. I've yet to try anything I haven't really enjoyed.

It's an artistically divine way to spend a summer day that caters to all ages. It's fun with family, friends, and even by yourself if you're like me and just need some "please leave me alone time" to go explore and be all elusive. :)

Fair Thee Well,
Lady Aimee of VisuaLStimuluS

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