Arizona Renaissance Festival 2012

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We did it again! Just like last year, we spent a day at the 2012 Arizona Renaissance Festival, one of the highlights of Florence (the other “highlights” of Florence are the prisons). This time around though, I think we may have been more entertained watching the… er, interesting characters there.

Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence
Interesting characters leering down at the… other interesting characters coming through the entrance.

Queen, Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence
Queen Catherine (how did she get this job?!)

Balloon eater, Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence
Balloon eater…

Cameron Tomele of Barely Balanced, Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence

Axe throw, Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence
Axe throw master

Leonids axe throw, Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence
He probably won’t make it as a lumber jack…

Leonids at the star throw, Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence
I had the advantage in the ninja star throw…  Can you guess what it was?

Star throw, Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence
He gave me an honorary knighthood certificate (it should’ve been a ninja-hood).

Crossbow, Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence

Crossbow target, Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence

elph nymph violinist, Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence

Axe juggler, Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence

Fortune Teller, Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence
Being told he needs to do more housework! I’d like to see a husband who doesn’t need to do more housework…

We watched the first jousting tournament:

female commentator on horseback, joust tournament, Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence

royal court, Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence

purple french knight joust, Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence
Look at those glossy, chestnut brown locks…  the horse is pretty too.

Stephan A Cowan, Red burgundy knight joust, Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence
The evil knight…  who happened to be the knight we were cheering on.  Victory by any means!

Matthew Mansour, yellow knight joust, Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence
This guy cheated. Apparently he too follows the motto of ‘victory by any means’.  It’s a pretty good motto.

Stephan A Cowan, Red burgundy knight joust, Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence
Missed!

Stephan A Cowan, Red burgundy knight joust, Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence
Boo-hoo

Stephan A Cowan, Red burgundy knight joust, Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence

Jack Cowan, blue knight joust, Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence

Matthew Mansour, yellow knight joust, Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence

Stephan A Cowan, Red burgundy knight joust, Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence

purple knight joust, Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence

Stephan A Cowan, red knight joust, Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence

Matthew Mansour, yellow knight fall, Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence
Oh my gosh. Do you think he’s okay?

Matthew Mansour, yellow knight joust, fall, Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence

Stephan A Cowan, Red burgundy knight joust, Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence

Tomato throw, Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence

Fashion Consultant, Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence
Apparently she is a fashion consultant…

Yes, we visited the petting zoo again:

Black and white baby sheep, petting zoo, Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence

Leonids feeding sheep, Petting Zoo, Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence

Leonids feeding sheep, petting zoo, Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence

Leonids feeding sheep, Petting Zoo, Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence
We tried to feed the babies but the older sheep kept nudging it out of the way!

Leonids feeding sheep, Petting Zoo, Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence

Mother Goose, Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence
One of Mother Goose’s flock.

Big bouncing lady, Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence
I think we were more scared than she was.

Gypsies, Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence
I don’t think they were part of the festival…

Margret Ebert of Barely Balanced on stilts at the Arizona Renaissance Festival 2012
Her legs go on forever!

Budlight knight costume, Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence
Budlight Knight, probably imbibed in too much before noon… He must really like Budlight.

Budlight Knight costume, Arizona Renaissance Festival Fair in Florence
Well, props to him for creativity at least.

8 Comments

  1. Katy | March 26, 2012 at 6:41 pm
     

    I love all the costumes the females are wearing! So detailed and ornate.

    Are you naturally tanned by the way? I love your skin tone. I’m sooo pale.

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    • JC | March 26, 2012 at 6:47 pm
       

      Yes, I’m always tan but being out here in the Arizona sun makes me even darker! And I have pretty awful shorts tan lines almost all year round. LOL

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  2. Kristine | March 26, 2012 at 8:35 pm
     

    Looks like y’all had a great time, JC! Did you get to eat any large turkey legs?! :-)

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    • JC | March 26, 2012 at 9:53 pm
       

      Not this time! I wanted to try a bunch of other things instead of the turkey leg since 1 turkey leg would make me super stuffed! it was tempting though!

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  3. Ro @ Eat Live Move | March 26, 2012 at 11:07 pm
     

    Wow! This pics are amazing…such rich and warm colors. Glad you had a good time!

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  4. Jen | March 28, 2012 at 7:29 pm
     

    These events that you go to always look like so much fun. I think it’s so great that you go out and experience this.
    BTW, I think that’s a woman walking behind you…either that or that man has nicely painted pink fingernails. =P

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  5. Mary | April 2, 2012 at 6:12 am
     

    This the first time I’ve been to the renfest, & I got to be a nursemaid & wear a costume! The festival was amazing! I was most impressed with the participants, their kindness, friendliness, & helpfulness. Even the patrons seemed to go back to a more gentle time, mimicking the courtesy of the participants. Your photos are beautiful; thanks for sharing. BTW, I believe the festival is in Apache Junction, not Florence. See you next year, for the 25th anniversary of the Arizona Renaissance Festival!

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  6. Bill Cussins | April 6, 2012 at 7:30 pm
     

    Hey there! Thanks for a great picture. In your first photo, I’m the guy on the right in the black hat. I’m “Will Fraser, the Spice Merchant”. Dennis Burns is on the left. He plays the Lord High Sheriff of the shire. Feel free to send me any more you have and I’ll get them to our performers. Most of us are constantly adding to our portfolios. I just retired from the Army so now I need photos of myself with a beard, etc. Thanks again!

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