On Saturday we took our annual excursion to the Moscow Renaissance Faire. I use the term "Renaissance" loosely since this event is most assuredly NOT a Ren Faire. Rather it's a hippie fest held in the college town of Moscow, Idaho. It's a lot of fun and since it falls close to Younger Daughter's birthday, it's become our annual excursion.
(By the way -- Younger Daughter is turning THIRTEEN!! Yikes, where has the time gone?)
The day started out sunny. This was such a rare novelty that I took a picture.
Here's Younger Daughter and her friend Miss Calamity, in costume (with warm clothes underneath -- the day was chilly). Older Daughter was with us and had a friend along as well, but they weren't in costume and declined to be photographed.
The assurance that merchandise is made from recycled materials is typical at this fair.
Stage and seating.
A booth selling Tie Dye Everything. Trust me, this would NEVER happen at a Ren Faire. Neat booth, though. Very colorful.
A really cool Chinese dragon, set up on hoops so children can go through it. At the end of the day the dragon goes on a parade around the fair with whatever children want to take part.
A young woman in a most extraordinary costume. Apparently she's part of a phenomenon called cosplay, where people dress up as characters from books. Not my cup of tea, but she seemed delighted to pose.
The obligatory Renaissance royalty, bundled up against the chilly temperatures.
Getting ready to dance a Maypole dance. Miss Calamity is on the right.
This fellow was watching the Maypole dance. Not a bad costume...
...until we noticed the four lip piercings, which sort of ruined the effect.
Someone had set up a Hulo hoop station. Older Daughter is quite good at Hula hooping -- during this photo, she hooped for ten minutes straight!
After that she didn't do too bad with three hoops at once.
This tyke wasn't going to let a little thing like size deter her.
I dubbed this dog the Legless Wonder.
Toward the late afternoon, the Chinese dragon went on its excursion around the fair.
Younger Daughter and Miss Calamity got to join the ranks. Since they were bigger kids, they each held an umbrella which helped support the body of the dragon.
Altogether a delightful time was had by all, and to our surprise the weather held. (We had a gullywasher rainstorm in the evening.) But we were chided about our earthly mortality by a barn billboard we passed en route on the way home.