My husband and I attended the Riley’s Farm Colonial Faire in Oak Glen, CA
this weekend. This is the first year of this new event, which is held every Saturday in July (Riley’s Farm is closed on Sundays).
I’ve already posted details about the costumes we made, but I have a few more photos to share :)
The main area of the fair, with the tents showing how different things were done in the period by the reenactors at Riley’s Farm. There was sheep shearing and yarn cleaning, dying, and spinning, there were demonstrations on printing and paper making, and a few examples of military of the period. There were also blacksmith demonstrations and historical presentations. This was different than most faire type events I’ve been to, in that there were no outside vendors- it seemed mostly self contained within Riley’s Farm. The $20 admission for adults included being able to walk around the property, see the displays and the sheep, and included three activities from which you could chose candle dipping, tomahawk throwing, or archery. It was mostly families, and kids seemed to LOVE it. There is also a really neat tavern on site which is always there, but you can go in and have a meal or a drink. It’s very atmospheric, and they did a great job making it. Being from the West coast, I never get to see this sort of thing in person, so it’s kind of fun.
I loved these lovely gowns made by Riley’s Farm costumiers, Mary Johns and Abi Pote.
In the costuming display booth children could try on examples of period costume. They also included displays of wigs, and more information for those who are interested in getting into the period costumes. I spotted fabric samples by Burnley and Trowbridge, apothecary goods by LBCC, and pomade and hair powder by Heirloom Haircare, as well as stockings by American Duchess.
They had sheep! And they were cute.
Shearing the sheep. Don’t worry, he was actually quite happy, as he got to lay down in the shade and get some of the hot wool off of him!
There was a little pond, so we looked at tadpoles and baby frogs.
I did silly poses with big trees.
We found a bridge we liked for pictures.
And we ended the day with an early dinner in the tavern
All in all, it was a great day and we had a good time, and it wasn’t quite as hot as it usually gets in that area (thank goodness!) Thank you to Riley’s Farm for putting on the event!