Riverssance, a renaissance faire in Siouxland, Sioux City

4 Oct

This weekend saw another renaissance faire in Sioux City, Iowa, Riverssance, the name which reflects the fact that the Missouri River borders this community and the faire is held in a park that is nearby. Like all renaissance faires, you have your characters in dress and a bit of feel of that time period along with some music. This faire for its location and size is pleasant with those participating as characters speaking and acting the period.

What I always find interesting though, are the characters themselves, and whether these people just pick a “type” to portray and have fun for the day, or if the character itself embodies something these people like to portray. Not exactly Halloween, but possibly similar. There are fairies, nobles, knights, knaves, maidens, and others, like Mud Man. But it is fun to watch and parlay with the folk and think that time has transported one somewhere else for a bit before reality once again sets in and the fantasy is over.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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