The Renaissance Faire: History in your backyard

The Bristol Renaissance Faire is in full swing up in Kenosha, Wisconsin. On opening weekend a few weeks ago, my partner and I made the drive to finally experience all that the Faire has to offer.

For those not in the know, the Bristol Renaissance Faire recreates Queen Elizabeth I's visit to Bristol in 1574. Visitors and employees dress up in period clothing and have a blast living in the past.

Founded in 1972, the Faire now spans 9 weekends from the first of July through Labor Day. During each weekend, attendees can take in everything from jousting to minstrel shows. Once one is thoroughly entertained, they have just as many options for food and drink as they do entertainment.

With the vast array of things to do, it is easy to see how people spend entire weekends enjoying the Faire. I know my partner and I enjoyed it, and we hope to one day return in full costume.

If you would like to attend the Faire, and I urge you too, you can purchase tickets right at the door. Tickets are priced at $19.95 for adults and $9.50 for children.

Though you will have a blast, be warned that this is a Faire made up of many vendors. Make sure to bring plenty of cash, and note that the food and souvenirs are priced at what you would expect at a County Fair.

Now, go plan your trip to visit the Faire, but first, I hope you enjoy some of the photos of our visit to Bristol.

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