Sunday, September 11, 2022

Temperature 71 Degrees, Rain

Willy-Nilly-on-the- Wash also known as Ohio Renaissance Festival.

Yesterday with my son Paul and his wife Brittany, I went to Willy-Nilly-on-the-Wash. Also known as the Ohio Renaissance Festival. It is an event that takes place on weekends from late August through October.

Yea, I know I said there would be no sightseeing here but that went out the window real quick. Little did I know what a delightful day I was about to have.

The festival is set during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and over 150 costumed characters invite you to this 30-acre re-created 16th Century English village where you can enjoy over 400 years of fun in a single day! There are 170 unique arts and craft shops, all kinds of unique food and drink and themed characters everywhere that you look.

There are 18 stages with performances going on throughout the day. For instance there was

where you are forewarned not to sit in the front rows unless you are ready to perhaps come away

looking somewhat like this! And yes, I did see a few in the front row who did get a bit of a mud bath! So glad I wasn’t in the front row.

On another stage there were the

Gives new meaning to burning the fat away!

Not something I would want to try. But wait, it gets better

Now she has three trays of glasses, one on top of the other. No, they are not glued to the trays so watch what happens

She didn’t drop a one of them!

Six chairs up and having the time of his life. I was most impressed.

We moved on to another stage where we were entertained by the

My lovely daughter-in-law Brittany with one of the two swordsman before the show.

Let the show begin.

Absolutely amazing to watch and to think that neither of them even once got nicked. It must take a lot of practice.

Then they volunteered certain men from the audience and put them through their paces. What a hoot that was.

Finally, we moved on to

the arena where they were doing acrobatic tricks on horses. This was just one of the many tricks that these two performed. The one picture I didn’t get and I kicked myself because I missed it was – the gentleman in this picture had two horses, one immediately behind the other, he was on the front horse, and proceeded to do a backwards summersault to the horse behind. What a demonstration of skill and talent.

Following this came the

the knights in shining armor.

Let the jousting begin and to the winner goes the hand of the Queen.

Well, just a bit more to share with you. This was Fantasy Weekend and my oh my the costumes that were on display. Here are a few of them:

These two really got me good. At first I thought they were statues – until they slowly began moving toward me!

What a wonderful day I had at Willy-Nilly-on-the-Wash. I am so very grateful that I had the opportunity to go. The costumes, the shows, the food, and the time spent with my son and his wife made it a really wonderful day.

Thanks again for spending some time with us.  It’s always great to be able to share our story with family and friends. Comments? Feel free to share them with me. And always remember, cherish every moment of every day that God gives you and live those moments to the fullest. 

Our continuing mission remains the same: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have not been before.


  1. What a wonderful, wonderful day! And so many amazing acts to see. I’m surprised that they hold this for several weekends. It seems like a huge production! Looks like you had great weather, too. These kinds of fun days are even better when shared with family. Hope you have a great week ahead!


  2. Looks like a fun day. We have the Pa. Renaissance Fair about 2 miles from our home, but have never attended. The traffic gets crazy on those weekends. So glad you are enjoying your summer.


  3. Looks to be a fun time. We love to go to the Renaissance Festival when it comes to town. That was a good trick with the tray by the acrobat on the wheel. Thanks for sharing your day.


    1. This was the first time for me and I had a ball. The shows were so much fun. And looking at all the individual costumes was a blast. The Fireflies I was told were once on America’s Got Talent. I could see why. Enjoy your day.


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