I guess no one cares about Nerf guns. ;,;
This gives you an idea of the scale of the little ‘town’ where the faire is held.
This is only a fraction of the place. There are probably over a hundred individual shops and buildings in the little place.
And this is one of the best action photos I’ve ever managed to capture. There’s a booth where they sell foam ‘swords’ you can beat each other with safely. They encourage people to challenge the folks manning the booth, or each other, since it attracts attention. They let Cat, one of my group, fence with the gentleman you see pictured. Cat’s a black belt and is trained in a few different weapons, so she presented a challenge the vendor certainly wasn’t used to. After the first few exchanges he started backpedaling rather quickly!
And now I have to go study for a French test. I loathe languages. I fully support forcing American schools to teach kids at least one other language, but I do *not* agree with foreign-language requirements for English majors, or any post-middle-school language instruction if the student has had no other foreign language classes up to that point. The older you are the harder it is to learn. Listening to some of the ‘continuing education’ students (senior citizens mostly) makes that REAL obvious.