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Photos: Medieval Gowns, Jousting And Vanity Plates At Illinois' RenFair

By Mae Rice in Arts & Entertainment on Jul 11, 2016 8:12PM

At the Bristol Renaissance Faire—or, as it's more commonly known, RenFair—the old world meets the new on the Illinois-Wisconsin border. Midwesterners dress up in floor-length gowns, frock coats and, occasionally, Star Wars costumes, and eat turkey legs purchased with credit cards.Credit cards aside, though, the 30-acre festival really does feel like it's from another era, as we learned this past weekend—the opening weekend of the fest's 2016 season. There's jousting and a "fire whip show"; the rides are exclusively man-powered. There are even some sprites wandering around, surreal relics of an era Earth never even had.

Chicagoist photographer Annie Lesser checked out the fun, and you can go and check out RenFair yourself, too, for the rest of the summer. It's open Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day until September 5.