As mentioned numerous times this week, I went to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival on Saturday. I brought the camera along with me but then failed to take a sufficient number of pictures. Here are the few that I took:
Some people in this picture are dancing. Some people in this picture are watching dancing. Some people in this picture are really enjoying wearing their fancy new hat.
With my wife's latest desire to have us start Scottish country dancing, I fear I'll be in the center of all this next year.
Here's a couple of fellows on horses.
After a whle, the fellows on horses took a serious dislike to each other and started beating one another with swords. They did this with a sort of zeal that was somewhat disturbing yet tremendously crowd-pleasing.
The fight eventually spilled off the horses. In this picture, one knight is threatening, in true comedy style, to drive his foot into the crotch of the other knight.
But the tremendously wrestling-savvy Minnesota crowd recognized it as the set-up for the sharpshooter, the finishing move originated by Bret "The Hitman" Hart and used by both The Rock and Chris Benoit. Several men in the crowd, myself included, were shouting "Sharpshooter! Put him in the sharpshooter!" when this picture was taken.
The felows on horses also did a bit of jousting, which looked astonishingly painful. I don't have any good pictures of the actual collisions because after the first one I realized that I was missing all the action by attempting to take a picture of it. But suffice to say that the jousting in itself was worth the price of admission.