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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.

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.

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Mermaid on a trapeze? So Renaissance.

3. Even pets can participate!

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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.

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All in the name of history.

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

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And cheesecake. Oh, that cheesecake...

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

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And even more delicious! (Wait, what?)

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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But that's just icing on the cake.

17. One word: jousting.

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There is no greater adrenaline rush.

It's always fun and games in the Renaissance.

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