It’s like a fantasy land!
It was a perfect day at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, and I got my exercise wandering around this huge event — I think I also got my yearly allotment of dirty jokes. When they say it’s kind of like the good parts of the Middle Ages, I think they specifically mean they kept all the ribaldry and threw out the unpleasant bits like poor hygiene, disease, and famine.
This was the weekend of the Highland Games, and the Scots took over. I saw so many burly men in kilts throwing heavy objects that I was starting to feel uncomfortably overdressed, and wondered if I should take my pants off … but after watching the caber toss, I decided that would be too blatantly provocative. This caber business tells me that some people in Scotland are seriously overcompensating for something.
This is not one of those racy blogs, so no cabers for you. You’ll have to settle for a manly hammer throw.
There were also some amazing chain mail outfits on display — I’m also not showing you those. I think the only way those could have been used defensively is that any man would be stunned at the sight. I felt a few palpitations and twinges myself.
The other thing about Midwestern fairs in general is the food. How do people survive this stuff? This is Nathan eating onion rings (classic medieval fare), and cheese fries (ditto), while Skatje actually went the whole barbecued turkey (how many of those were running around pre-Columbian Europe, anyway) leg route. Note the authentic medieval fajitas stand behind her.
Go on, Minnesotans, you know you want to visit this place. Don’t worry about the historicity, just have fun.