Siouxland’s Renaissance Festival, the Riverssance Festival

5 Oct

Siouxland has its own renaissance festival every fall, the Riverssance Festival. So named because the Missouri River borders Sioux City and splits the area known as Siouxland, which includes western Iowa, southeastern South Dakota and northeastern Nebraska.  This year an early winter chill descended onto the festival with much cooler temps and those Plains winds that can effectively add a distinct wind chill to any outdoor activity. But still those who showed up had fun, both as enactors and those who came to watch. A lot of people wearing costumes of a period they believe the renaissance festivals encompass were dressed warmly with coats and cloaks, but their hats still stood out. And there was a variety of head dress worn by people participating and those attending and dressed up that made the event a visual feast.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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