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5/20/2011

Last chance: Renaissance Pleasure Faire, a purely Cali concoction

Posted by Carren Jao Pineda |

Get your fairy wings ready or shop for your Halloween costume early at this celebration of all things Elizabethan (and more). This weekend is the last week for medieval merriment at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Irwindale.

The park where the fair happens. You wouldn't have figured that, would you?

For those who haven't gone, don't expect a Disneyland-type of entertainment, but instead prepare yourself for a cruder, bawdier version that's all still executed in good fun.

Walk around the large one-way lot to catch jousts, magic shows, eat turkey legs and get in on lots of revelry. I personally enjoyed hearing the minstrels sing in harmony.

This little boy was having so much fun! Look closely and you can see the smile on his face.

Throwing this spear is kind of like playing darts, only on a larger scale. You just have to find your balance.

I tried throwing axes, but I had no idea what I was doing. Does it show?

Ah...now this is more my scene.

While walking around the fair, keep in mind this strange historical tidbit: while hawking the fantastically medieval, the RenFair is actually a purely California concoction. It began as a children's play at Ron and Phyllis Patterson's Laurel Canyon home. Then, it eventually grew into the first festival, which was held in North Hollywood as a fundraiser for radio station KPFK.

The sun was slipping below the horizon when we left.

Until May 22, 2011
Sat-Sun, 10 am- 7 pm
Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area
Irwindale, CA

Admission:
Adult $22.00
Child (5-12) $13.50

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