Blast From the Past at the 2017 Ohio Renaissance Fair
By: Ashley Owens
Posted: Sep 3rd, 2017
This was opening weekend of the 2017 Ohio Renaissance Fair. The fair opened at 10:30, so we arrived at 10 to allow time for parking and for picking up our tickets at will call. The people who were directing traffic for parking were very helpful. There was plenty of parking available, and having a handicapped sticker they directed us right towards the front where we were able to park in handicap parking. We parked easily, parking does cost $3, and we quickly found will call to get our tickets. We had a little problem with them finding our tickets, but they were able to resolve the problem and we got our tickets. We then went and got in line, as there were still a few minutes before the Fair actually opened. They did a little entertainign and an introduction of the royal family and the Queen. The kids were in awe looking at everyone dressed up in costumes. Once we got inside we just walked around taking in all the amazing sights. There were so many shops and sights to see. We watched a little bit of dancing, we met the Pickle guy who was of course selling pickles, then we ran into a fairy who gave the kids fairy magic. The kids then got to participate in a little sword fighting. They really enjoyed this. Silas was a little shy and scared, but they still participated with him which was great. We then headed to the very comedic Divinci Bros Comedy Operas. This was a 1 man show, although he included audience members, and together they put on a Romeo and juliet type show. It was very funny to watch. After that we searched the many options of food available to find something to our liking. They have everything around. one of the favorites seemed to be the Turkey legs. We opted for KJs Cajun Cuisine. They had decent prices and really good food. Once we got our food we took it over to watch the full armored Jousting match. This was the main attraction and quite the sight to see. We even watched a knight get knocked right off his horse. This is a show not to be missed at the Fair. After the Jousting match we took in more of the shops and attractions. There were so many handmade good, and fun things. There were a few kiddie rides, and you could also ride horses and camels! Next came another funny show, the OOPS! Comedy Knife Throwing. This was a funny and skillful show. The kids were amazed they could juggle and throw knives like they do. They got quite a shock and ended in confusement with the finale of the show. From there we headed to watch the Kamikaze Fireflies. You might remember them from season 9 of America's Got Talent. They are quite the duo and an act you must see. They are very entertaining. Check out their website and see if they are coming to a city near you. The last show we took in for the day was a Mudde Show production of Beowulf put on by Theater in the Ground. They put on different shows throughtout the day and I definitely recommend watching at least one. If you don't mind getting dirty grab a front seat, otherwise stay in the back. Overall we really enjoyed the Fair this year. It is handicap accessible. It was easy to oush the wheelchair around. They have wheelchair accessible restrooms and ones with baby changing stations. Most shops were accessible, although there were a few not accessible. There is first aid available if anyone shall get hurt. With all that there is to do there I highly recommend bringing plenty of money, but there is an ATM available shall you run out. If you are local, and maybe even if you are not I would definitely recommend this trip.