Leonids Adventure

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Arizona Renaissance Festival 2012

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.