The Time Travelers are Coming

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Although the start of The Ohio Renaissance Festival is always good news to those in the Midwest, the second annual arrival of the festival’s Time Travelers’ Weekend is especially exciting. It is the chance every cosplayer dreams of: going back in time, in character, for a chance to watch Queen Elizabeth call for the Doctor’s head.

Unlike other themed weekends, which have enjoyed years’ of development, Time Travelers’ Weekend has yet to expand past its open invitation to all fans of every fandom to come in the colors of their people. Other weekends enjoy special contests and themed performances, but during the second weekend of the festival, it is the attendees who are the entertainment.

Last year the new themed weekend drew tremendous crowds, increasing attendance dramatically compared to the same weekend in years past. Hopefully after its second year, the theme will have enough traction to earn a few of the extra perks other weekends enjoy.

Judging by the heat the area has seen this summer, the first few weekends of the Ohio Renaissance Festival are likely to be very, very warm. Since costumes rarely qualify as ‘appropriate’ clothing for hot, outdoor events, we advise you to bring extra money for water along with any fans, parasols, or other cooling props you can carry.

It’s one month until Time Travelers’ Weekend! Will we see you there?


M. Leigh Hood is a rare beast of the Cincinnati wilderness typically preoccupied with writing, nerding, and filming The Spittoon List. For more articles and stories by M. Leigh Hood, look HERE.

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