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The Maryland Renaissance Festival

The Maryland Renaissance Festival is probably one of the only places in the area where you can watch a jousting tournament while munching on a turkey leg and wearing a cloak and helmet. This sprawling recreation of a medieval British town is located in Crownsville, Maryland and boasts arts, crafts, theater, games, food, and all kinds of fun from the Middle Ages. The festival is one of the most highly attended Renaissance Festivals in the United States and is known for its wide array of activities.

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A jester pretends to be a baby for the amusement of the crowd gathered round in one of the festival's many outdoor squares.

A jester pretends to be a baby for the amusement of the crowd gathered round in one of the festival's many outdoor squares. 1Picture by Isabel HendrixA women sells candied almonds and cashews to passersby.2Picture by Isabel HendrixMany of the festival's buildings are decorated in the traditonal style of this pewter shop. 3Picture by Isabel HendrixA henna artist applies the traditional ink to the hand of Virginia native Claire Sperka in a stall at the center of the festival. 4Picture by Isabel HendrixThree people dressed in traditional medieval costumes talk in a sunny corner of the main square. 5Picture by Isabel HendrixA comedian climbs up on a ladder as he tells a joke on one of the festival's stages. 6Picture by Isabel HendrixA musician smiles at the people gathered round him as he plays a medieval tune on a harpsichord. 7Picture by Isabel HendrixA carved face made out of stone, silver, and gold sits in the display window of a statue shop. 8Picture by Isabel HendrixChildren reach for floating bubbles in the middle of the main square.9Picture by Isabel HendrixFestival attendees of all ages mill about in the central square.10Picture by Isabel HendrixWorkers dressed as jesters and dancers wave goodbye to the crowd passing below them as the festival closes.11Picture by Isabel Hendrix

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