Who wants to dress up and visit the renn faire ? We can drink beer/mead/cider/wine and take pictures of all the great costumes/shows.
The Festival is held on the side of a mountain in Larkspur, Colorado. Google maps says the drive is 104 mi, 1 hour 44 mins.
We'll meet at the front entrance at opening cannon; 10am. It's best to get there earlier to score better parking. (I recommend leaving Fort Collins by 7:30AM because the parking gets crazy. ) It's nice to have time to put on sunscreen and adjust costumes at the vehicle while waiting for the gate to open.
On the drive down I usually stop in Castle Rock for a snack and restroom break before waiting at the gate for the festival to open.
I recommend buying discounted tickets at King Soopers ahead of time at $16.95. Tickets at the gate are $19.95 and there are lines.
Wear comfortable shoes/boots, not heels or sandals. The terrain is gravel and hilly with some roots poking out. (Sandals will get gravel in them, ouch.) Bring a period hat and good sunscreen with zinc or titanium dioxide as main ingredient. Umbrellas are nice, rain or shine. Afternoon thunderstorms are a possibility, so have a good camera bag with you.
If you don't have Renaissance/Medieval themed clothing, you can wear normal clothes, but it isn't as much fun ;) There are lots of clothing stores there where you can purchase costumes. I think I'll be wearing a barbarian style outfit myself.
There are lots of great shows to watch. I always see the (new) Puke & Snot comedy show. There is a sword swallower, a big cats show, hypnotist, air conditioned torture museum, and various comedy routines.
I like to end the day at the Jousting. It's nice to sit in the grass after a long day at fest.
Cast in Bronze performs there while waiting for the joust.
There are a couple of ATM's onsite, but I think the service fee is steep.
If I recall correctly the beers are $5 or $6 for a plastic cup. You might want to bring period drinking ware, or buy some onsite.
A regular change of clothing in the car is handy in case you want to stop for dinner on the way home.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. Hope to see you there :)
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