Bright and early, Candy and I donned plaid and sallied forth to the Kentucky Highland Festival at Eminence, Ky on this bright sunny Saturday. It was a perfect day. Started out cool, but quickly warmed up.
Miss Midget looks adorable in her new plaid skirt.
notice the Wallace covered pumpkins
Candy in front of Charlie's Place
Drunk & Sailor was the first act up for the day. We have seen them perform about two dozen times over the last two years, but they really rocked the hall today. During the Renfaire they are not allowed to use the acoustical amplification. It sees them trying to sing over the constant chatter. This time they were wired and in turn, they wired the whole audience. Capt'n Amos (Bob Watters) and Philip McGuinness (Dieter Zimmerman)were SUPER!!
This great show was followed by the official opening ceremony
My favourite shot of the day was Erika Spidle Napier giving her best "MOM FACE" to the Minions of Mischief (the teen cast members of Briarwood). PRICELESS!!!
The crowd was large, lines for lunch were very long!
pipers finished with their competition
We had a great time. So wonderful to see Capt'n Amos, Dieter, Erika Spidle Napier, yet there is a touch of sadness to the place. The high summer fun of the Renfaire is gone, replaced by the more subdued autumnal air. Other friends such as Tara and Mark Reed, Dragon Bob (Robert Barker) and Daniel Higgins and his lovely wife Kim were not present, on to other Renfaires. They were missed. The magic is dormant for now...but never fear they will return next May along with the Briarwood Faeries.
Me at Louisville's Pagan Pride Day on the Waterfront Park.
Dragon Bob (Once Upon a Dragon Time) invited Candy and me to Pagan Pride Day. Candy and I headed down there armed with Google directions. They were very good, until they said to turn right onto third street. I thought sure we needed to turn left (which we did). We finally found this big crowd near the Belle of Louisville, so we asked the guy on the parking gate. He said he didn't know what the crowd was, but they were all Japanese. Another lady said she thought we needed to go way down River Road. With her assistance we headed (finally in the right direction).
We spotted Captain Amos (Bob Watters) and his parnter Dieter Zimmerman - Drunk N Sailor. You cannot miss Captain Amos' red feathered Pirate hat!!! I told her we should follow them as they were likely heading to the festival, too! I rolled down the window and yellow at them, only to have Captain Amos yelling back, "Where the Hell is this Pagan Thing?" Well, blind leading the blind I guess.
We finally made it!! Found Dragon Bob (in the middle) with Captain Amos and Dieter not far behind.
Sort of like old Renny Home Week...lol. Captain Amos and Dieter were passing out flyers for Talk Like a Pirate Day. Dragon Bob was performing at the festival
Candy looked lovely sitting by the river
Jug Band Park at the Waterfront
She took a nifty picture of me.
Dragon Bob (Robert Barker) was glad to see Candy made it.
Dragon Bob preparing for a show
Candy sitting at the docks of Jug Band Park on the Ohio River
Me sitting before the docks at Jug Band Park. You can see Big Four Bridge in the background, which is now a walkway between Kentucky and Indiana.
Dragon Bob's Dragons guarding his stage
The River is so lovely here, hard to see how big the Ohio River is from this little branch
Competition in the Dragon Taming Department!!!
Perfect way to enjoy the River Front
Candy with Dragon Bob's Cat Puppet
Dragon Bob and Candy with young dragon tamer
In the midst of the performances Dragon Bob teaches a young lass the proper Cello technique
Candy and I decided to tackle the Kentucky State Fair this year. She really enjoyed the Oldham County Fair, but couldn't believe when I told her how huge the state fair was. Well, she learned! :-)
There were so many beautiful quilts
We checked out the arts and crafts first, because two of her dolls were entered. They had won blue at the County Fair, but we didn't get the notice for entry timeline soon enough, so she could only enter the two from the County Fair that won blue.
Her Knight & Lady, which she made for me using a special crochet stitch, won third place. These dolls were not meant for competition, so we were delighted with the win.
got some great shots of the two carousels they had
Candy in her rainbow cap I bought her. Think she looks adorable!!!
Me in the East Wing food court enjoying a lemonade.
All in all, we had a great time. Spent 8 hours looking at everything, eating pulled pork BBQ, and riding the merry go round. Candy is already planning what she will enter in the fair come next year.