Riley’s Farm Colonial Faire, 2015

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.


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IMG_6683 IMG_6684In 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!

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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

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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!

7 Comments on Riley’s Farm Colonial Faire, 2015

  1. Esther
    July 14, 2015 at 1:00 pm (6 years ago)

    This looks like such fun!! I can’t get over how gorgeous your ensemble is; I love every aspect of it!! You look beautiful!

  2. Mrs. Hude
    July 14, 2015 at 1:37 pm (6 years ago)

    Sheeeeeep! And y’all look great! :)

  3. Samantha
    July 14, 2015 at 5:44 pm (6 years ago)

    i’m so glad you had a good time!! that’s my friend logan shearing the sheep. he called the dances at our wedding and acted as MC! :)

  4. Patricia Lynn
    July 15, 2015 at 9:39 am (6 years ago)

    I absolutely love Riley’s. We always go there in the fall for apples and pumpkins.

  5. Pam Pie
    July 16, 2015 at 2:12 pm (6 years ago)

    Your photos are very beautiful. This is fabulous. I had seen it advertised somewhere and then forgot about it. I will be there next year. I only live half an hour away.

    • Mary Johns
      July 20, 2015 at 10:41 am (6 years ago)

      Hi Pam, the fair goes for one more Saturday, so you can still make it this year if you want! The last date is July 25th.

  6. James Patrick Riley
    July 26, 2015 at 5:35 pm (6 years ago)

    “I did silly poses with big trees.” ROFL

    Thank you for that nice blog. Touched.