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Attendants of the queen come in all sizes!
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Attendants of the knights come in fewer sizes
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Knights on their horses awaiting battle
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Here a ring is snatched from the assistant's hands - frightening!
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Eventually we get to the JOUST!
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Here, Sir Sting...er some knight...gets really angry and challenges the other knight to a duel to the death...which you'll have to come back later in the afternoon to see. I decided since the knights were already using bags of red dye/ketchup or some such I didn't want to support the spilling of any more fake blood.
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Court life is so much more fun - here the guy on the left is playing with a mini-catapult and mini-marshmallows
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Daniel and I were just in time for the fashion show at the court
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It was actually a very informative talk on the structure and terminology of fashion of the period and we learned that there was more than one queen in this court (or maybe he just likes wearing pink and talking about fashion...)
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The real queen stopped by later in the talk and modeled her elegant gown (weighing 40 pounds I believe)
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Our fashion guide was very excited the queen had stopped by
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There was also a fantasy theme including green mini-dragon puppets, but again I was rather lost
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A vendor working on a piece of glass
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Good thing 1574 had at least one working ATM or else those vendors might be upset! Of course nobody's bank existed ages ago so EVERYONE gets charged fees - and considering the time value of money I'm sure it wasn't a small fee!
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Late in the afternoon the rush had passed the ticket window
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Eventually everybody had to go home - amazing how well those Renaissance people got used to our motor carriages
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Of course the field parking lots made the cars look much more like horses
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With a few exceptions that didn't even look like cars
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