An AP Euro Renaissance

Story by: Ian Carson, Editor in Chief
Photos by: Ian Carson, Editor in Chief

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This month, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Renaissance Faire, an event organized to celebrate and relive the past. People from all over the world, including Canada, flock to this event clothed in Renaissance garb and ready to have a great time.

The atmosphere of the event is relatively historically accurate, with an interesting mix of past and present. For example, there was a historical reenactment of a joust which captivated myself and the audience. The joust pitted a female jouster against a male. Throughout the joust there was a high air of suspense as the two fought using period weaponry and armor. Perhaps the most interesting part was that the host of History Channel’s “Full Metal Jousting” was there to provide commentary during the joust. With witty comments and amusing remarks, Shane Adams provided an additional layer of interest to the event. The female was knocked off her horse and required medical attention after the incident, adding to the intense atmosphere.

The food at the fair was relatively decent, but it was lacking the charm of the Renaissance era. For example, most of the foods offered were modern but with older names. For example, curly fries with cheese and meat were called “Kinky Spuds.” However, even more out of place, there was a Gigi’s Cupcakes booth that offered an assortment of cupcakes.

Ren Faire partialThe staff at the fair was very interactive and I enjoyed playing along with them. Because I was outfitted as a plague doctor, the staff began putting black clothes pins on fair-goers and having them come to me for removal. Along with that was a fairy virus called “Glerpes,” which involved sparkles being thrown at people. The staff consistently called phones “fairy screens,” which added to the overall amusement.

Those in attendance included Mrs. Terrell’s AP European History class, all of whom enjoyed the experience.

Leanza Valenti, 12, said, “It was a lot of fun and a really interesting experience. I plan on going next year.”

All in all, I would say that the Renaissance Faire in Fishers was a success, and I cannot wait to return next year.

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