The Royal Family, Lady Grace with Lady Bailey, and our Hobbits
Every weekend in May, Muskogee, OK is transported back to the 16th century. Nestled off the main highway running through town is a castle that is home to the village of Castleton (I kid you not, that is what they call it). King Henry VIII and his sister, Queen Margaret, descend upon the little village along with their retinue, some pirates, gypsies, and other assorted inhabitants of 1539.
Seamus, Angus, and Pandora
From jousters to jesters, peasants to pirates, courtiers to chessplayers, there's something for everyone to enjoy. I'll admit, the food is never that great (at least any of the food I've tried), but you're really not going there for the food anyway so it all works out. For me, the shows are always the highlight of the day. I always end up missing something that I wanted to see when I first got there, but I also always end up seeing a show that I never planned on and ended up loving (dirty pirate shows are hysterical).
A wooing knight, Pirates, and a Dancing Bear
Need to take a break from the heat of the day? Why not try the Queen's Tea? For just a mere $8, you get an array of dainty finger foods along with a show that will make you think you're going to wet your pants from laughing so hard. How about a carriage ride through the village? Or maybe you would like to pet a Highland Cow? Are you under 12 years of age? Why not go ont he queen's quest to retrieve her lost ribbons? At the end of the day, you'll become a knight or lady of the court.
Carriage Ride and a Hairy Coo
We always make new friends when we go to the Faire. This year, my little group of friends got intitated into a group of bandits. Led by the infamous Sancho and his silent brother Pancho, the bandits required an oath and then a promise. With right heand held high, we had to yell out, "Bandits!" anytime we crossed paths with our new friends (of course this was after the two proposed marriage to my hubby's 15 year old sister, declared me their sister, and the hubby as their niece...they don't recognize men, only women).
Sancho y Pancho, the Spanish Bandits
I can't wait to go again. Maybe next year I'll become a volunteer and become a part of the 16th century for real.
Hubby's youngest sister after becoming a Lady