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    NEW YORK STATE RENAISSANCE FAIRE

    by moiraistyx Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is a great celebration of the Renaissance. Muratori promised to bring me here after standing me up for my sister's family day event. I am so glad that we went. I was a bit annoyed that the one day I forgot to bring extra batteries, my camera died before taking a single picture. Luckily I came back a couple weeks later and was able to get loads of pictures. There is something here for everyone, rides, games, alcohol, dress up, performances, food, animals and shopping. All the shop keepers, bar maids etc. are in character through speach, costume and actions. Children of all ages will love this fair. I will be highlight some of my favorite parts of the fair in seprate tips. When you come here be prepared to drop a bundle. Admission is $20 for adults and $8 for children 5 and up. Check the website for discount coupons. This year adult tickets were half price during opening weekend and on Labor Day. The average food item is $6 and drink is $3. While here make sure to get a pickle from one of the pickle guys. You won't regret it. Souvenires vary in price from a few dollars to hundreds of dollars. James bought me a head wreath of flowers for $15, which I thought was a good deal.

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    NEW YORK STATE RENAISSANCE FAIRE

    by moiraistyx Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is a great celebration of the Renaissance. Muratori promised to bring me here after standing me up for my sister's family day event. I am so glad that we went. I was a bit annoyed that the one day I forgot to bring extra batteries, my camera died before taking a single picture. Luckily I came back a couple weeks later and was able to get loads of pictures. There is something here for everyone, rides, games, alcohol, dress up, performances, food, animals and shopping. All the shop keepers, bar maids etc. are in character through speach, costume and actions. Children of all ages will love this fair. I will be highlight some of my favorite parts of the fair in seprate tips. When you come here be prepared to drop a bundle. Admission is $20 for adults and $8 for children 5 and up. Check the website for discount coupons. This year adult tickets were half price during opening weekend and on Labor Day. The average food item is $6 and drink is $3. While here make sure to get a pickle from one of the pickle guys. You won't regret it. Souvenires vary in price from a few dollars to hundreds of dollars. James bought me a head wreath of flowers for $15, which I thought was a good deal.

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    NYRF Stewart & Arnold knife throwing show

    by Wanderer001 Updated Aug 16, 2010
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    2010 marks the triumphant return of my personal favorite show after a two year absents.

    If you like knives, jokes, and fun this is a must see. Watch a father and son throw knives at each other, different things, and doing various trick throws.

    If you get to the show early (which I highly recommend doing because, I saw this show twice this year and it was standing room only) you will get to see Arnold do some juggling. Ok not that exciting I will admit you can see about 10 other people at fair do that. So throw in a tomahawk, bannana and a small child and you have the makings of a good time.

    They have several shows throughout the day. If they are still doing the more adult show at 5pm. You will be treated to whips, beer, knives and watermelons. Did not get to see it this year yet so I will have to go back and make sure.

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    NYRF Cast in Bronze

    by Wanderer001 Updated Aug 16, 2010
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    A new show for the 2010 year. Not sure if it will be around next year, but i kinda hope so.

    When the show first started I was not that impressed. The smaller bells sounded out of tune and the intro song had more electronic accompaniment then the actually bells. However, sticking it out the show turned out to be very good. All I can say is hearing Carol of the bells and Tubular bells played on this thing is something to hear.

    Even if you are not that into music seeing this instrument in action is something to see all its own.

    This show is hard to miss because you can hear some of the higher notes from just about anywhere you are at fair.

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    NYRF Wench singers show

    by Wanderer001 Updated Aug 15, 2010

    Now know as the Sirens of Sterling. Another of the shows that I will try and see every time I come to faire. A group of "wenches" sing old time songs that range from sweet and forlorn, to sasey and dripping with innuendo. Well worth the time to check them out. A few songs even have audience participation, so if you want to avoid this site on either far sides if the stage or way in the back. If you are right up front you are guaranteed to participate if you want to or not.

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    NYRF Brids of Prey show

    by Wanderer001 Updated Sep 15, 2008
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    One of the few shows at fair that I will go see every year. It is a show that is both educational and entertaining. While you get to see these birds up close doing what they do the handler tells the audience a little bit about the bird such as natural habitat, foods, etc (with a few puns thrown in). As well as a little back story on the particular birds in the show. All are given to earth quest because for whatever reason a rehabilitator could not release them back into the wild.

    In past years they tried adding other animals to the show such as a snapping turtle, barn snack, and baby alligator. However they did not go over as well in a "birds" of prey show. So they went back to just showing the birds.

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    THE RENAISSANCE FAIRE-PERFORMANCES

    by moiraistyx Updated Dec 4, 2006

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    The Mud Men

    One thing there is plenty of at the Renaissance Faire is free performances. One can hear all types of acapella theater, groups of people singing with traditional Renaissance instruments, you can see mini plays, dancing and last but not least, grown men playing in the mud. Adults and children alike will enjoy just about every performance the fair has to offer. The children particularly love the mud show. I would advise you not to sit in the front row for this one, the actors do throw mud at the audience. Another show not to miss is the archery competition followed by the joust.

    I advise everyone to spend a dollar and purchase a brochure at the gates. It has a listing of every show taking place at the fair, what time it is and where it is.

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    RENAISSANCE FAIRE-ANIMALS

    by moiraistyx Written Aug 29, 2006

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    Patrick on the pony

    There are a few opportunities for visitors to observe and interact with animals at the fair. There is a free petting zoo with about 4 animals, pony rides, and the bears. It costs $5 to ride the pony and $3 to see the bears. You do get a pass to come back and see the bears a second time so hold on to it in case they are sleeping the first time you go.

    When you see the bears say hi to the tall dark and handsome gentleman greeting you on the outside. His name is Michael, he's my friend Matthew's oldest male friend.

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    RENAISSANCE FAIRE-GAMES

    by moiraistyx Written Aug 29, 2006

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    Patrick learning how to shoot.

    There are literally dozens of games here for adults and children to enjoy. Patrick's favorite was the bow and arrow shoot, but then again what little boy doesn't want to play with that. There are also crossbows, strong man, darts, frog toss etc, the usual games you see at a fair. For the adults there is knife throwing, which I tried, but was not very successful at, star throwing and ax throwing. This part of the fair can get really expensive, each games costs $2 to $3 dollars.

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    THE RENAISSANCE FAIRE-RIDES

    by moiraistyx Written Aug 27, 2006

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    THE CROW'S NEST

    Throughout the fair you will find old fashioned style rides for the children to enjoy. Each of the rides is man powered and costs $3.00 per person per ride.

    One of Patrick's favorites was the Crow's Nest. It a wooden structure shaped like the crow's nest of a ship. The riders buckle themselves in and then two burly men get on opposite sides of the ride and push it around a pole. Once the ride is wound up the jump out of the way and the structure spins down, then back up and down. The men continue to push the ride around for about five minutes.

    Another favorite ride of Patrick's was the barrel. It was a huge old barrell that a man pushes and then causes it to go wacky. Kind of like when you were a kid and you were swinging and you made yourself twist and turn.

    Other rides include a swing type ride in a giant coffin and another swing type ride in a huge dragon.

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