I just got back from the Texas Renaissance Festival. It's the biggest renfair in the state, and we've been attending every year for a long time. If you've never been to a renfair, it's a lot of fun. Besides all the people and performers in costume, there's shops,and booths that sell everything from swords and armor to candles and bath salts, games, jousting, and lots and lots of food and drink. In fact, even if I had absolutely no interest in medievil things, I'd still go for the food(and drink). Turkey legs, potatoes, fish and chips, kettle corn, empanadas, chocolate covered strawberries, and fried alligator on a stick are but a few of the treats available...then there's beer, wine, sangria, mead, and non-alcoholic beverages such as sodas and water available to wash it all down with.
We usually go in costume. Typically I wear chainmail and carry a broadsword( it's the barbarian in me), but this year we went on Pirate Weekend, so we dressed accordingly. Pictured above are the Black Pirates- my wife Kim, myself, and my friend Nicole. I think we make a dashing crew, if I do say so myself.
If you've never attended a renfair, I suggest you check one out if there's one in your area...it's a lot of fun.