(Photo by Andi Ferguson)
Per park policy, pets must be leashed at all times. At this time, we are not requiring pets to be up to date on vaccinations. That being said, there is a liability waiver that you will need to sign on site that will also include if your pet is not up to date on vaccinations we are not liable for illnesses they may contract during the fair or spread should they bite another pet or human. Also keep in mind of your pets temperament and how they react to other animals and large crowds. We love including our furry friends but we need to keep in mind of others as well. There will be some areas that are off limits for pets due to there being livestock or sensitive booths. At this moment the Jousting Arena and Buses are Trained Service Animals Only. If your pet is reactive to livestock, small children or large crowds you should leave them home. If your pet shows any aggression or other dangerous behavior you will be asked to take your pet home immediately. You will be able to return to the event without your pet.
Foam props and weapons are allowed. Specific wooden props and weapons are allowed.
All props and weapons must be checked, consent form signed and peace-tied at the Staff Gazebo of the Festival before you are allowed into the rest of the festival
Armor is allowed into the Festival but be aware if you are charging or hip checking people you will be asked to leave.
Only exceptions to any of these rules are performers as they have been prechecked and allowed with their performances.
If you purchase a weapon from a vendor, we ask you to sign the waiver and to take it back to the car at your soonest opportunity to do so.
Costuming Rules and Inspiration
Costumes are highly encouraged.
Please keep costumes to PG 13. No Nudity. Or Illusion of.
Any costumes and outfits with hate speech or obscenities will be asked to leave
During the Renaissance period there were laws dictating the types of clothing certain classes could wear. Though we are inspired by 16th Century Costuming we are also a Fantasy Renaissance Festival so bring on your centaurs, mermaids, fairies and so much more! These are just inspirations and not guidelines.
Nobility holding titles
The upper class women were able to wear rich colors including bright reds and deep tones. Ruffs or high collars conveyed a high status. Royalty wore velvet, silk, velour and elaborate jewelry. Purple is usually reserved for the queen.
Men used their clothes to make them look bigger with puffy-shouldered shirts and jackets topped with capes and wide-hipped knee-length pants worn over stockings on the lower leg. Feathered hats were popular.
Knights, wealthy merchants or artisans
Middle Class women wore a high neck chemise. Over the chemise, she wore a corset, bum-roll or farthingale (hoopskirt), and petticoats, like the noble ladies but in a less exaggerated style.
Middle Class men wore a close-fitting doublet (vest) and decorated breeches on his lower half. His hosen (stockings) reached all the way up his legs. Many wore knee-length coats called “surcoates” Pouch and dagger hung from his belt and he might have a fine gold chain around his neck to denote wealth, rank or position. His clothes were trimmed, embroidered, and jeweled as much as he could afford.
Peasants, working poor including tavern workers and farmers
A long-sleeved shift under everything and at least two skirts over that - tucked up out of the dirt. She had an apron on over the skirts to keep them clean. She wore a tight fitting bodice or vest. She had a belt pouch and knife and a bonnet. Velvets, satins, and brocades are not appropriate. Clothing was much less restrictive.
A peasant man would wear a tunic or shirt, and breeches with a laced-up or buttoned vest, over this cloth hosen (stockings). He would have a cape and some kind of hat. Clothing would probably have holes or patches on it.
At his belt would be a pouch and a small knife. Fabrics were coarsely woven wool and linen. Colors for dying the fabrics were obtained from vegetable sources earth colors.
Anything Goes. As long as we stay in a PG13 setting
The fun thing about Fantasy is you really go go all out. Want to be a Satyr? Do it! Want to be an elf? Do it! Want to be a time traveling doctor with a companion in a mismatch of period clothing? Do it!
Black Hills Renaissance Festival is about having fun and being who you are. Show off what you got!