Ren Faire 2012: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Today was our annual Ren Faire visit. Let me share with you some quick observations:

The Good. This was the Faire’s 50th Anniversary. There was lots of cool Faire historical stuff, from each vendor indicating when they started at the Faire, to an entire Faire museum. I have no idea whether it will travel to Northern, although it may. In case it doesn’t , you should really come to Southern to see it.

The Bad. We went on Easter Sunday, expecting the Faire to be a little less crowded. It was. However, the San Gabriel Dam Recreation area was not. It took us 45 minutes to get from the corner of Irwindale and Arrow Highway to a parking spot, and most of that was just the delay going the 4 blocks to the park entrance. This is something that needs to be fixed.

They also had to rearrange the routing due to ADA requirements, which got rid of passthroughs. This made the clothing row much more sparsely travelled. This wasn’t good for the vendors.

The Ugly. Surprisingly, not as ugly this year. Perhaps the ones who wear g-d-awful costumes are in church on Easter or with their families. We did have a few. There was the fellow dressed as Tarzan, including the jungle print loincloth. There was the girl in purple tights, a rainbow tutu, and bad purple fairy wings. There were the few belly dancers that were more belly than dancer. But nothing really outrageous, other than more bunny ears than usual. But I give that a pass… it was Easter, after all.