On Saturday November 25, Mark & Susan, Mary & Danny, Della and myself, made the trip to Hammond Louisiana to check out the first annual Louisiana Renaissance Festival. What follows is a group of picture that I took while there.
As I look over what I took, I see that I could have taken more of the festival layout and more of us ( although Danny probably thinks I took enough).
Overall we had a good time. The weather could have been a little better. It had rained a day or 2 before and things were a little soft and wet, but wasn't to bad. They had done a good job in making the paths using sand and gravel, so if you watched, walking wasn't a problem. The sun never came out though and it was kinda windy.
The layout for this festival is like a snake. You start at the front gate and walk till you get to the end, winding this way and that, then you turn around and walk back. It's set up with the venders in mind. They border the paths, which are about 20 to 30 foot wide. They have 4 or 5 beer and coke stops along the way, 1 food area and 4 stage areas not counting the jousting area, which is at the end.
They have about 7 or 8 differant acts that move around from stage to stage. We made the back and forth trip 2 or 3 times and in the process saw most of the performers.
All in all it was a pretty good day. There were signs all around that they were going full speed ahead with improvements and expansion. We will have to make the trip back again next year to check on the progress.