Medieval times at the 43rd annual Kansas City Renaissance Festival: a photo essay
I was sitting in a hayfield-turned-parking lot in Bonner Springs in September, enjoying a few last seconds of air conditioning, when a Ford F-150 truck parked beside me. Out popped a half-dressed knight, an archer, and an off-with-their-heads member of some kind of royal court. The three companions—Saturnino Hernandez, Jessica Hernandez, and Claire Sager—were, like me, headed for the Kansas City Renaissance Festival. They’ve been attending the fest for years, often coming out multiple times during its six-week season. These characters were just the tip of the proverbial prop sword at RenFest 2019. Inside the festival gates, I’d encounter beer-stein bearing barbarians, gypsy dogs, and preposterously large turkey legs (as well as that fried mac-and-cheese aroma all great fairgrounds seem to have). I ended up going twice myself during this year’s run, which took place on weekends between August 31 and October 14.