Sherwood Forest Faire

I had the opportunity last weekend to get dressed up as a gypsy and walk around in public like that. Jealous? Don’t be! Sherwood Forest Faire is still going on! It ends April 3rd though, so get on it if you want to go. If you haven’t heard of it, this is a smaller, newer version of the Texas Renaissance Festival, that is much closer to Austin. The whole thing is themed around Robin Hood, and it has many of the same shows as other Renaissance festivals around the state.

There were lots of shops, and food vendors, and the place wasn’t that crowded. If you haven’t been to one of these before, I highly recommend it. Tons of people wear normal clothes, and tons dress up in “historical” clothing. Believe me, there are no history police walking around pointing out errors in anyone’s costume, so feel free to wear what you’d like. The shows are funny, you can walk around with beer and funnel cake, and this festival is in the midst of tons of trees, so it was nice and shady. The place is also very kid friendly, with a couple rides, face painting, and photo ops.

Our friend Todd competed in the archery contest:

A couple of our men-folk tried their hand at throwing knives (only my Hubby made anything stick :D)

I got some great shots of the Oskar Hasselhoff fighting school, and the Ded Bob Show was there also. I had never seen it before, and it was hilarious! A little tip from my friend Todd: If you’re in costume you are less likely to be called up on stage during these types of things. For me, that was comforting, because I really like to watch other people get teased on stage, rather than me.

Hubby and I were both dressed as gypsies, until he found an AWESOME pirate hat. Apparently gypsy + hat = pirate.

Obviously, I didn’t take pictures of everything available to do there. We circled around the whole place a few times, and spent a lot of time at the pub. There was a lot of conversation along these lines:

“Oh look! A pub! We should probably stop and have a drink!”

(not long later) “Oh look! The pub! Well, we want to stay hydrated!”

(a short time after that) “Hey! The pub! Well, the beer wenches have already seen us. I wouldn’t want to hurt their feelings by walking away now”.

(an even shorter time later) “Oh my! Is that a different pub?” “I don’t think…” “We should go in and check, just to be sure.”

After everything was over, and we were dusty, sunburned, and exhausted, we needed some sustenance. I sent Hubby into our favorite pizza joint, thinking hilarity would ensue. Nobody batted an eye!

We had a blast, and I would recommend it to anyone.


March 25, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bucket List, My Quest to be more Interesting.


  1. Jessica replied:

    I bought a Groupon the other day for the local Ren Faire coming to my area for the next few weeks. I’ve never been to one and I have rather high expectations; I hope it’s as fun as I hope it will be.

    • thatcleverchick replied:

      I’ve been to several, and they are always fun. It’s definitely worth going once, and I hope you enjoy yourself! Generally there are shows scheduled in various locations that repeat over the course of the day. If you want to see them, get a schedule so you know what’s going on where, and get to see what you want.

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