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September 10, 2008 - Matt Phillips
One of our yearly traditions is a late summer/early fall trip to the Renaissance Festival and flea markets. The flea markets I am referring to are Traders World, Turtle Creek and Caesar Creek in the Columbus/Dayton area. The Renaissance Festival also in the same general area. Traditionally, we take a weekend, get a motel room in Lebanon and spend all weekend hunting for unique items and great deals. This year, our trip was cut to a single day, no motel, no flea markets. It was still fun to go to the fair, but not quite as much of a get-away.
The Renaissance Festival, running until mid October, is located in Harveysburg, Ohio and is about a four and a half hour drive. It is a unique look at life in medieval Europe. It features a number of entertainment events including: jousting, belly dancing, pirates and swordsmen. Much of the entertainment is comedic or satirical. The performers and vendors alike stay in character and the atmosphere is authentic. In all, this is the best “Ren-Fair” in the area. There is a large number of vendors selling period clothing, swords, jewelry, crafts and much more. The costumes that attendees wear range from authentic victorian dresses to Kilts to Viking warriors. It is a family friendly event with lots to see and do.
The flea markets in the area are more than just collections of dusty junk. They are large, clean buildings with a number of vendors. You never know what you will will find in some of these shops. Caesar Creek is located just minutes away from the Ren Fair. Inside the buildings are the big vendors, but outside is the more traditional flea market where some really great deals can be found. Trader’s World is the largest flea market I’ve ever seen, it includes a food area with a stage where occasionally I have witnessed a polka band playing! There is also big screen TVs playing sports while patrons rest. There are a number of great shops throughout the buildings if you have the time to navigate the entire market.
If you can’t get away for a full vacation, a trip to the Ren Fair and flea markets makes for a great weekend for not a gret deal of money. I always have a great time sifting through the junk of the flea markets finding small treasures, and the day spent in “old England” is always entertaining and fun.
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