Calling all lords and ladies! If youve ever wondered what it would be like to travel back in time and experience a 16th century English village (and even if you havent), you should spend a day at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival in Waxahachie.
The setting is the Village of Scarborough in 1533 during the rule of King Henry VIII. You will find knights in armor, knife throwers, storytellers and magicians. You may run into Sholo the Nubian, a stoic warrior and crowd favorite. Or Margaret, Queen of Scotland and The Isles, surrounded by her court. We even happened upon a street quarrel between two 16th century characters. Thankfully, it was settled without bloodshed.
Our day began with a stroll around the fair grounds, I mean faire grounds. We darted from one great scene to the next. The Vodca Family, a group of dancing gypsies, balanced swords on their heads -- something you dont see every day in Texas. The new Mermaid Lagoon was a great place to take photos. And the Steward & Arnold knife throwing show is a must-see. The father and son team are very funny, cracking jokes while they throw real sharp knives at real people.
The Grande Parade starts at 1 p.m., and this is your chance to see all the performers as they wind their way through Scarborough Village. Find a shady spot and enjoy the steady stream of royals, peasants and paupers.
There is also plenty of great, hearty food, including sausage or steak on a stick, shepherds pie and roasted turkey legs. My daughter and I devoured one of the turkey legs, and washed it down with a funnel cake and an Italian Ice treat.
There are too many events and activities to list here -- and too much to do in one day, which is why it's a good thing The Scarborough Renaissance Festival lasts through May 27th.
Get details and directions at www.srfestival.com
And don't forget to check out our Day at the Faire slideshow above.