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Scenes from Ren Fest

June 8, 2010 - Cindy Votruba
One wouldn’t expect to see Elvis or Santa Claus at the Siouxland Renaissance Festival Sunday you would think. But I saw a couple of guys who resembled the legends during the annual event among the peasants, knights and royalty at the W.H. Fairgrounds in Sioux Falls, S.D. Ross and I also dressed for the occasion. I had borrowed another outfit, and this one included a corset. Yep, a rib-crushing corset. I don’t know how women could suffer through being squashed into such an item just so they can have a 19-inch waist and be attractive to men. At first I had the laced-up part in the back as it was worn that way last for a play. But then I had to go to the bathroom and wanted to get the thing out of the way. So I took it off and then had Ross get me back into the corset with the lace-up part in front. As I braced myself so he could get the corset tighter (can’t breathe...), a woman dressed in tartan walks by and says “tighter, tighter.” I guess that’s what you get when you’re tying a corset up in public.

A fellow in a red Santa suit and a white beard came into the building where the joust usually takes place. OK, what does Santa have to do with the Ren Faire? And according to the Siouxland Renaissance Festival Facebook page, people were wondering the same thing. Sorry, still at a loss on that one. Then as Ross and I sat down for the Tortuga Twins show, I see an older guy (probably in his 60s or so) with dark black hair and long sideburns slicked back like Elvis had in the 1950s sit down with his woman friend who had hair that looked like a ash blonde poodle in a mushroom-cloud style. It looked like they had made a wrong turn looking for a sock hop or Buddy Holly tribute show.

It was hot, it was sunny, but as usual, the Siouxland Renaissance Festival is a lot of fun. But I know for next corsets!


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