So this is less “photos of the faire” and more “photos of Tessa at the faire”. lol!
Hanford Faire has been my “home faire” for.. well.. my whole life. It was the first Renaissance Faire I had ever been to (at the age of two months old), and I did not miss a single Hanford Faire after that for 26 years. Yeah, you read that right. I went to this Faire 26 consecutive years before missing a Faire a couple of years ago.
My parents ran the game booth Patch and Pixie Pastimes, and so my earliest memories are camping in the pavilion, listening to the sounds of the drum circle, playing chess by a crackling fire and getting into peasanty shenanigans around the ‘shire. (I blame Faire for my infatuation with the smell of leather and hay bales.)
This year we weren’t running the game booth (my parents retired it a few years ago), and having grown up at Faire with my own stomping grounds, it has become a pet peeve of mine to be at a Faire as a guest – or even worse – as a mundane. So while I missed Faire, I didn’t want to go and be a wanderer with no money to spend. But my mom talked me into it – it would be Tessa’s very first Renaissance Faire after all!