This weekend I went to the Maryland Renaissance Festival near Annapolis. Each year for the last 36 years between the end of August and the end of October this little village comes alive on the weekends with period music, games and cast of characters. It was only my second festival, but I will attend these events any chance I get. It's a great place to grab some great pictures and hone my photography skills.
The king greets a visitor. Besides the cast of characters acting out a theme each week, there are hundreds of people who come to these events in costume.
I think she was a Vulcan.
Something about this horse clown gave me the creeps. He would make a bizarre clicking noise with his tongue like the sound of a horse on pavement as he walked. I imagine I am not the only one he had this effect on. This picture has a creepy quality to it, too.
As part of a sideshow this woman would tighten a belt around her waist to around 12 inches.
At $12 for an adult to ride the elephant, I declined, opting instead for a few pictures (free).
I found the best way to get good pictures of odd costumes was to just ask the person wearing them. I assume most people who wear costumes to these events want to be photographed and many are even willing to pose. I don't know what she was supposed to be, but she allowed me to take several pictures.