Time to turn back the clock to the Renaissance time

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is celebrating its 42nd season, Saturday, Aug. 18 through Sunday, Sept. 30. The festival is held on grounds just south of Shakopee.
I did not visit my first Renaissance Festival until my early years of marriage when Judy and I took Troy and Tammi for some different kind of entertainment. It was an eye opener for all of us, and I remember an actor if I wanted a bump on the head. When I replied, “sure,” he took his soft bag of whatever and smashed it gently on my head.
We quickly learned that the Renaissance Festival was definitely an interactive piece of entertainment. Everyone is willing to talk to you and get you into the renaissance mood.
Our daughter Tammi was only four years old when she accompanied us on one visit. As we entered the front gates, a witch in full regalia greeted us, looked at Tammi, felt of her wrist and said she would make good stew. Still not sure of the reality of all this, Tammi was scared and had bad dreams until she realized that it was not real.
Judy and I loved watching the Grand Parade and we also enjoyed the St. John’s bread, turkey legs and other delicious food. For some reason, we took a respite and must not have  gone to a festival for over 20 years. A few years ago, we returned and were amazed at the size of the grounds, now featuring more food vendors and more other entertainment. We also took in the Puke and Snot show which now faces a new part to the duo since one-half of the group died. The show is still outstanding.
A favorite character on the premises is actually cloned, the pickle man. There is one pickle guy in particular who is quite the actor, puts on a very funny verbal show and even sells pickles in the process. He is located near the front gate.
For more on the Minnesota Renaissance Festival schedule, go to the website at http://www.renaissancefest.com/info.html
Each weekend of the Faire has a different theme. Check out the themes at the website. Here they are:
Italian Carnivale
Aug. 18 & 19
• PET FEST!  Bird Show, Bocce Ball Tournament, Garlic Farmer/Demos, Arabian Horse Show, Spaghetti eating contest
6th Annual Pet Fest
Aug. 18 & 19
• Bring Your Dog! Pet Related Vendors, Twin Cities Disc Dog demos and lessons, Pet Costume Contest and learn about pet safety, nutrition, products and grooming!
Royal Ale Fest
Aug. 25 & 26
• BBQ Competition and Vendors, Free Grain Belt Beer Tastings, Homebrew Competition, Beer Demos and Tattoo Competition
Silk Road, Discover the Riches
Sept. 1, 2 & 3
• Longbow Competition, Belly Dance Competition, Belly Dance Lessons and Performances and Middle Eastern Music
Highland Fling
Sept. 8 & 9
• World Highland Games, MN Highland Games, Scottish Vendors and Food, Midwest women’s Highland Games, Sign Language Saturday, Free Schell’s Beer Tastings and Kilt Competition
Wine, Chocolate & Romance
Sept.15 & 16
• Wine and Chocolate Festival, Free Sutter Home Wine Tastings, Free Vow Renewals, Chocolate Pie Eating Contest, Charity Auction, Homemade Wine Competition, Men in Tights Competition, Best Bloomers and Grape Stomp
Sept. 22 & 23
• Beer Tastings, German Vendors and Activities, Pub Parade, Beer Demos and Beard Competition
Festival Friday!
• Discounted Admission and Group Rates and Educational Classes
Shamrocks & Shenanigans
Sept. 29 & 30
• Harvest Market, Irish Village and Food, Irish Dancers and Music, Cricket Demos and Games, Free Guiness Beer Tastings and Kilt Competition
Click on the history icon and find out more about the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. Let’s read: The Minnesota Renaissance Festival began its journey in September of 1971 on a 22- acre field in Jonathan, MN. More than 25,000 people visited the two weekend grand opening of the festival than named “A Celebration of Nature, Art, and Life!” That celebration has since relocated to Shakopee, MN and has grown to be the largest Renaissance Festival in the United States with an annual attendance of 280,000.
The early years of the 1500s was marked by the style change of fashion. The tall, narrow lines of the medieval era were replaced with a wide silhouette. Also included are contrasting fabrics, slashes, embroidery, applied trim, as well as other forms of ornamentation. Sleeves became the center of attention. Small geometric patterns became prominent and in England, it progressed into elaborate patterns associated with the flowering of Blackwork embroidery.
Find out more about the Festival by going to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnesota_Renaissance_Festival