Yesterday, we went to our local Renaissance fair, King Richard’s Faire, which is held in Carver, MA every September and October. The fair includes all sorts of entertainment, exciting rides and games and so much more on the 80-acre site of King Richard’s Faire. I haven’t been to the fair in years, but I thought the boys would enjoy it, so off we went.
As soon as I got inside, it hit me. I remembered that there was something that irritated me about the fair and I realized what it was almost instantly. It’s the nickle and diming. They charge $28 per person for admission to the fair, but then once you get in, there are so many more things that you have to pay for. I understand that food would be an extra charge, but to charge me $2 per person for this tiny maze & slide (picture below) really made me mad. The boys were in and out of it in under a minute and of course, they wanted to do it again – for another $2 each. I’m sorry, but things like that should not be an extra charge.
But anyways, we were able to drag the boys away from the maze
kicking and screaming and headed right into the game area . Here we ran into the king, who was demonstrating the correct way to throw knives.
Because it was something totally cool, I let the boys throw some throwing stars. Neither of them won a prize, but they liked doing it.
Oh, and we were accosted by a fairy at one point who gave each one of us a little piece of yard, each of which represented a wish. We were to tie them on to the string and make a wish.
Right after that, we got roped into some morbid museum of torture. But not before we were roped into paying $2 each to get in. Inside, they had 14 different torture devices on display. The one below scraped someone’s skin off and I think it was called the cat’s claw or something along those lines. It was gross. They all were and it most definitely wasn’t appropriate for little kids, but thankfully they didn’t understand what they were looking at.
After we got out of there, we decided that we wanted to take in some shows and I am really glad we did. We saw some cool stuff. Hundreds of talented entertainers perform non-stop throughout the day. Visit any of the eight vibrant stages and be enthralled by acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, minstrels, dancers, fire eaters, puppeteers and exotic tigers.
Like this guy breathing fire:
He also hammered nails into his nose and hung hooks from his eyes, but I couldn’t even look, so there aren’t any pictures of that.
After he left the stage, we stuck around for some comedy sword fighting:
Then we grabbed some lunch (there are A LOT of food options available at the fair, but my boys opted for chicken nuggets) and saw a few more shows like this balancing act:
And a really good magic show.
We sat right in the front, so both of the boys got to help out with the show.
My little guy was supposed to catch that kids head after the magician cut it off. I don’t think he got it until afterwards, but he liked helping out.
Overall, we had a really fun day (despite the nickle & diming).
But after many hours at the fair, it was time to go.
Discover over 100 talented artisans who journey from all over the country to display and hawk their magnificent wares. You will be delighted by the fantastic glass blowing, portrait painting, hand-spun pottery, sword making, fabulous jewelry, leather and armor, period clothing, moccasins, perfumes and scented oils, face painting, and psychic readings.
Tickets are $28 adults, $16 children (4-11), children under three are free. Tickets may be purchased at the gate (cash only) or online in advance on the Faire’s website, www.kingrichardsfaire.net (FYI – there is a $2 fee per ticket for online ticket sales). The Faire address is 235 Main Street, Carver, Mass. 02330, phone is 508-866-5391. Parking is free and no pets or outside food/drinks permitted.