This weekend I attended the Kansas City Renaissance Festival. I was guided kidly by one of my coworkers and his wife. They had worked the fest in years past, so they knew the ins and outs of the whole place. The KC RenFest is one of the biggest ones in the country. It is a great place to spend a day with the family.
They have shows in various stages were performers rotate trought the day. Either by luck or by sitting too close to people in custome I got to participate in a couple of the shows. John Mallory’s show was excellent, he had a great sense of humor and could juggle and trow knives at his wife. Bob the world best juggler was also a great entertainer. He was able to do some great juggling and kept the audience laughing while improvising after a kid being chased by a bee almost stole his whole show.
There are lots of shops were you can buy an array of trinkets of all shapes and sizes. Jewelery, clothing, leather and plenty of other suveniers are there for the taking and surprisingly the prices are not outrageous. There is also an amusement park feel to it with an assorted variety of carnival games, most of them period inspired. Jousting was also a great spectacle to see.
Even though we walked pretty much through the whole place, we did not get to see everything. The food was good, but not as great as I had expected it. Maybe beause I expected a Gyro to be something good here, but being used to a Chicago style Gyro where your main ingredient is meat and everything else is either garnish or trying to hold the meat together. Also the cheesecake on a stick was not too impressive. The sausege on a stick (there was a lot of meat on a stick there) was the best thing I had.
I will go back for sure and spend another day there, maybe some day dress up. I am not a huge geek of the period stuff or dress up because I love D&D (I have only played once), but heck I would wear a kilt and have some fun with it. If you are ever around this area I say check it out, it is open for 7 weekends out of the year.