Today was a sun-shiny beautiful day. So, we decided to go on a family outing to the King Richard’s Faire in Carver, MA.
Renaissance fairs are something to behold and the King Richard’s Faire is no exception. Roaming musicians, bawdy pirates, full bosomed women in tight fitting corsets and flowing skirts, and beer. Lots and lots of beer.
Oh, turkey legs too. How could I forget that? There’s something primal about biting meat off of a bone. Quite fitting for a Renaissance festival.
There’s a lot to do at the fair, but my kids especially enjoyed the skill games. Shannon has always been into archery. And with Disney’s introduction of the latest heroine Merida, she was keenly interested in launching a quiver full of arrows.
I, on the other hand, appreciated the live music which was a constant throughout the day. Bagpipes, dulcimer players, singers, continuous musical entertainment that kept my toes tapping all day long.
But the absolute winner of the day was Jacques ZeWhippeur. This guy not only knows how to crack a whip, but he’s pretty damn witty too.
He makes Indiana Jones look like an amateur. And that is saying an awful lot since I’m a Harrison Ford fanatic.
Any guy that can slice a can of Coke in half using a whip scores lots of points in my book.
And then he took his shirt off and lit his whip on fire. Holy smokes it’s getting hot over here. I wonder if he does birthday parties? Preferably mine. Minus the fire of course.
There’s also the requisite face painters. There was no escaping that.
But even they were incredibly talented and made the girls feel like princesses for the day. When in Rome, as they say…
And the animals! Oh, how enthralled we were with this owl. Such a glorious creature that we appreciated getting a closer look at. Isn’t it amazing?
The girls enjoyed the ponies and loved riding through the woods on this beautiful fall day.
We all marveled at the tiger show. It’s certainly not every day that you get to see a White Bengal Tiger up close.
And the sweet little cubs were such a joy to watch….
Shannon asked if we could take one home. I think it’s time for her to watch a National Geographic special on how they hunt for their dinner. She might change her mind.
Ok, this is my favorite picture I took today. How adorable is this? This baby chimpanzee was the sweetest and the crowd absolutely fell in love with him.
I know that this is meant to be a form of punishment, but at least you don’t have to wash dishes or do laundry if you are stuck in this for a day.
And every parent of a teen should have one of these hanging around. I bet I could get them to do their homework if I did.
Such a fun day. If you live in the New England area, be sure to check out the King Richard’s Faire. It’s a lot of fun for the entire family. If you do decide to go, keep these things in mind…
The fair runs only on weekends through October 21st
Parking is free
The games, rides and food are not part of admission. Bring lots of extra cash. For example, a turkey leg is $8.50 (it’s huge) and a plate of chicken fingers are $8.00 (surprisingly yummy)
There’s beer and wine available until 5:30pm
Get to the tiger show 1/2 hour before it starts as it fills up and you need a good seat for this show
Be sure to catch Jacques ZeWhippeur (best show of the day)
Face painting is big here and they do a nice job, but it’s pricey($20 per kid on average)
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Please only enter if you will be in the area during the time the fair is open. Entries must be received by Wednesday, October 10th 11:59pm ET. Good luck!
I received complimentary tickets to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.