Wow, the renaissance festival that we went to was awful. I think I had expectations that were totally out of line with what a renaissance fair actually is. In my mind, it was going to be a somewhat interesting and educational experience that would show off the garb and customs of cultures during the renaissance period.
What a disappointment! It seemed like a renaissance fair is just an excuse for big fat people to drink beer and wear less clothes than normal. Also, I think my friend Ben Smith said it best:
Ren fairs tend to be a horrible catch-all for people who are waaaaaaay too into their subculture.
That seems totally accurate judging from the number of furries, goths and more that I witnessed walking around.