Don’t ask why, but I have always have a soft spot in my soul for a good old fashion renaissance faire. I know, I really don’t seem the type to go larping (life action role playing – for those of you that have never indulged) in some other realm from long ago, but alas….I love it. It probably has to do with the fact that I grew up (for 5 years or so) in a small little town outside Chicago called Oregon, IL. In this town, even though it only had about 3,000 residents, there were a lot of cool things to do and see.
One of those being Stronghold Castle of Oregon,IL. The castle would have an “Olde English Faire” every fall that my parents would always take me to. I loved it! The people all dressed up from a different era, some of it fictional, some not. Fairies and creatures along with princes and princesses all talking funny and eating huge meat-sticks…it was something to behold!
Fast forward about 25 years and now I have my own children. So a few years back when my first child was about 2, I began searching for something similar around Ohio. I found many different events to go to and went to the one that seemed to have the most entertainment and such.
The Ohio Renaissance Festival is such a treat! My husband had never been to anything quite like this. And was pretty humored (or maybe mortified) when I decided to dress up as Maid Marian to attend. But he was a good sport and didn’t make fun of me too much. Going here each fall has become a family tradition. Our son gets a new sword every year we go and our daughter got to take her first visit there a few years back, walking away with a hair garland. Wasn’t she adorable?
We always have a blast, with plenty to do! There are several spots with many types of hearty food and drink, a huge artisan marketplace, craftsmen of great skill, amazing feats of skill, interactive comedy shows, skits and adventure, live jousting, merriment and romance, rides, games and more!
Kids will have a blast interacting with the people here and there are so many fun trinkets to bring home or make as souvenirs. From molding your hands in wax to making magic wands, the kids will find so much to entertain them!
Open from the last weekend in August for 8 weekends – Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day Monday from 10:30 am – 6 pm. Every weekend has a different theme (pirates, Irish, Romeo & Juliet, etc), so be sure to check here to see what you’ll be getting into! The last weekend of the season is the best because they have a ton of great trinkets and gifts on sale for those who are on your “nice list” this year.
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Hope you enjoy!! Don’t forget to dress the part, most do! It’s more fun that way!