Top ten reasons a man will appreciate the Renaissance Festival

The damsels of the Faire leave little to the imagination.
The damsels of the Faire leave little to the imagination.
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Most people think of the annual Colorado Renaissance Festival -- or any Ren Faire, for that matter -- as a medieval Comic-Con. But when we visited this annual blast from the past in Larkspur, we found the Renaissance Festival an ideal place for a strapping fellow to bear witness to epic battles, execute feats of strength and kiss a damsel or two. Here are the top ten ways a man can get his machismo on at the Renaissance Festival.

See also: 50 Best Costumes of the Colorado Renaissance Festival

Display your manly prowess with a game of archery!
Display your manly prowess with a game of archery!
Christopher Morgan

10) Axes and Archery Every man wants to be the toughest guy in the King's court. For just a few bucks at the Ren Faire, you are handed brutal weapons and instructed in the deadliest way to use them. With axe in hand, your muscles will bulge, striking straight to the heart of any damsel -- like that arrow you shot through a hay bale earlier. And if you're carrying a beer, the Faire's game-masters will turn your talented tossing into a drinking game: a chug to celebrate your victory, or a swig to shame your defeat.

Plastic cups are for sissies. Pour your brew into a sturdy mug.
Plastic cups are for sissies. Pour your brew into a sturdy mug.
Christopher Morgan

9) Mugs of Beer Oh, did we mention beer? Beer abounds at the Ren Faire, for a surprisingly affordable price considering that this is a huge festival. You get a brew for regular bar prices ($4 to 4.50), but it's not just about the beer. Faire artisans sell sturdy mugware -- earthen mugs, pewter mugs and wooden mugs, plus metal flasks wrapped in leather. Many are adorned with a skull and crossbones or a half-naked female pirate. So forgo the flimsy plastic cup and pour your brew into a mug that only a manly guy like yourself would tote.

Napkins should not be used.
Napkins should not be used.
Christopher Morgan

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8) Turkey Legs After your beer, you're likely to get hungry -- but you don't need no stinkin' plates or utensils. Among the many foods-on-a-stick here (including steak, brats and fried mac and cheese) are the quintessential turkey legs (despite the fact that there were no turkeys in Europe at that time). As you rip your teeth in, grease will drip down your face, arms and chest -- but that's how you eat, 'cause you're a man. Grunt.

Continue reading for more on the Renaissance Festival's manly feats.



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