The wandering gypsies were a never-ending source of fun. The girls would 'steal' men from wives, make off with the pouches of other characters, and generally make a nuisance of themselves. However, one did make an interesting offer. They were willing to buy Morgan for the sum of one hundred and twenty gold pieces, plus a 5% commission once she was trained and sold. While I considered the offer, I figured I can get more for her if I sell her at next year's festival.
In all, the faire was wonderful: an obsession in the making. I'm already planning my costume for next year and working out a schedule to attend all of the Florida fairs. I recommend that everyone should try at least one.
There were services to be bought as well: face painting (somehow I scaped out of that one), henna tattoos (Morgan got a ladybug), tarot readers, astrologers, and other psychics. Another section had a booth with family history printouts. Morgan had to have her hair wrapped and equipped with a length of beaded hair-jewelry.
Then there was the food: mmmm food. Soup served in bread bowls seemed to be very popular as well as the pig-on-a-stick. The kettle korn booth was also quite busy. Though I have to admit the ale and beer booths had the longest lines. (BTW, Harp’s is a really good beer.) The sarsaparilla was also quite good-the fact that it came in a cobalt-blue bottle with a Valhalla Brew label on it has nothing to do with my rating.
There were also games from the traditional strong man ring-the-bell-game to hurling water balloons at an opposing mini-castle. There was also a storm-the-castle challenge to see if you could climb to the top of the castle wall. Other activities included: archery (Morgan hit the target once), throwing stars, axes, and daggers (I was given an honorary knighthood for my ‘killing’ of the target), darts, and the challenging ladder-climb.
There was also an entire section just for kids. Puppet shows were featured almost every hour. Plastic castles provided romping room and a large swinging horse gave even little ones a chance to lance a dragon. There was also a wooden dragon ride for kids that was pushed wildly about by a particularly buff individual.