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​17 Reasons You Love RenFair (And You're Not Ashamed)

Ne'er was there anything so delightful! Except maybe switching to GEICO.

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1. The costumes are sensational.

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You can be whoever you want to be!

2. You never know who you'll meet.

Mermaid on a trapeze? So Renaissance.
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Mermaid on a trapeze? So Renaissance.

3. Even pets can participate!

"Just call me the Dog Pirate Roberts."
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"Just call me the Dog Pirate Roberts."

4. It's a magical place where everyone is united by their love of dragons.

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And the dragon merchandise is off the hook.

5. You can eat a bunch of junk food and chalk it up to a cultural experience.

All in the name of history.
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All in the name of history.

6. Everything is deep fried...even the ice cream!

And cheesecake. Oh, that cheesecake...
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And cheesecake. Oh, that cheesecake...

7. And the turkey legs are as big as your face.

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Courtesy of Johanna Sarriot

And even more delicious! (Wait, what?)

8. It's the only socially acceptable place to say "m'lady."

And the only time you can walk around and exclaim, "Move, peasants!"
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And the only time you can walk around and exclaim, "Move, peasants!"

9. There's no sweeter victory than making it up the rope ladder and ringing that bell.

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10. You get to throw rotten tomatoes at people.

Why? You don't know why, you just know that it feels right.
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Why? You don't know why, you just know that it feels right.

11. You can watch old-timey blacksmiths hard at work.

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12. And see talented artists hone their craft.

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Glassblowing, painting, jewelry making, oh my!

13. You always come back with a unique souvenir from an artisanal shop.

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One of a kind, handmade, and loaded with happy memories.

14. There's delightfully farcical theater at every turn.

Where you catch yourself laughing even harder than the kids in the audience.
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Where you catch yourself laughing even harder than the kids in the audience.

15. And every kind of performer imaginable: acrobats, musicians, you name it!

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16. Sometimes there are goats.

But that's just icing on the cake.
Courtesy of Ari Voukydis

But that's just icing on the cake.

17. One word: jousting.

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Courtesy of Josh Fjelstad

There is no greater adrenaline rush.

It's always fun and games in the Renaissance.

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