Examine the LARPers: How to Tell New England Fairs Apart

Fall in New England is a wondrous time, with fairs of every size and shape vying for attention. It can get a little confusing, though, so here’s a handy field guide to figuring out just where you are.

Who are the LARPers?

  • Jesters, Knights, Wenches: You’re at a Renaissance Faire.
  • Zombies, Rambo, Survivalists: You’re at a Doomsday Fair.

Renaissance Faire or Doomsday Fair New England

How are people dressed?

  • Gowns and Doublets: You’re at a Renaissance Faire.
  • Shredded jeans and t-shirts: You’re at a Doomsday Fair.

Doomsday Fair and Renaissance Faire dress collage

What are the weapons like?

  • Whips and hurlbats: You’re at a Renaissance Faire.
  • No weapons allowed: You’re at a Doomsday Fair.

Renaissance Faire CT

What insults are you hearing?

  • “You toad-spotted malt worm!”: You’re at a Renaissance Faire.
  • “You wouldn’t last two days in the Zombie Apocalypse!”: You’re at a Doomsday Fair.

Doomsday Fair or Renaissance Faire insults collage

What food’s available?

  • Turkey legs and mead: You’re at a Renaissance Faire.
  • MREs: You’re at a Doomsday Fair.

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What entertainment’s available?

  • Jousting and axe throwing: You’re at a Renaissance Faire.
  • Roller derby girls: You’re at a Doomsday Fair.

Renaissance Faire or Doomsday Fair

Related:

Marcy zombie at Doomsday Fair

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I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), and writing my memoirs. My book: Timid No More.

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