This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the GA Renaissance Festival, of which we were in attendance. Hutch and I make an attempt to attend this festival every year, simply because we think it is fun & interesting. As a matter of fact, we were just discussing the very first Renaissance Festival we attended in Ohio. This memory is a very controversial one because this was the first time either of us had attended this event. We had no idea what to expect. Mainly me. I attended the Ren-Fest wearing all white attire with heels, which is totally inappropriate for this venue. If you know anything about these festivals, you know they are filled with dust and dirt, because most of them take place in the boonies in a field somewhere. Needless to say, by the end of that event, someone was not a happy camper. You are probably asking why I would wear such an outfit? Well, this mainly occurred because the other said party, did not tell me where we were going in the first place. Anyhow, that began my fascination and appreciation for the Renaissance Festival.
I have been attending the Ren-Fest for probably the last 7 years or so, give or take a few. Each year it tends to expand and become more diverse. I remember when we first started attending, there were maybe a few, as in less than 5, people of color. Now the attendance is very diverse. Encompassing of all different ethnicities and backgrounds. Also the vendors have changed to cater to a more diverse audience.
I have to think with the popularity of movies like The Lord of Rings, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones, there has been a major influx to these type of festivals. Those movies have opened the gates to a much wider and more diverse audience to these type of events from people who might not normally be interested in attending these festivals. It is interesting to see how much these festival have grown from when I first started attending.
There is also various shows and activities that cater to role playing and various creative ventures of the time period. One in particular that I tend to enjoy is the glass blowing demonstration that I always find fascinating.
Also, I make a point to get a goblet each year to commemorate the festival.
I am sure there will be more growth and diversity in the coming years.
Here’s to 32 years of GA Ren Fest and may there be many more to come.
THE FEMALE PERSPECTIVE