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Published on October 5th, 2015 | by Sioux City Now

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Fairies, Knights and MudMan Converge on Riverssance

Submitted by Jerry Mennenga

See more photos in his blog LostinSiouxland.com

This weekend saw another renaissance faire in Sioux City, Iowa. Riverssance, the name which reflects the fact that the Missouri River borders this community and the faire is held in a park that is nearby.

Riverssance brings together fairies and minstrels, kings and paupers to celebrate centuries past. There is jousting and other performances for the king and his royal court, and of course, there are vendors selling everything from Steampunk to sausages.

What I always find interesting though, are the characters themselves, and whether these people just pick a “type” to portray and have fun for the day, or if the character itself embodies something these people like to portray.

Not exactly Halloween, but possibly similar. There are fairies, nobles, knights, knaves, maidens, and others, like Mud Man. But it is fun to watch and parlay with the folk and think that time has transported one somewhere else for a bit before reality once again sets in and the fantasy is over.

The Mud Man, left, blessing many people at Riverssance in Sioux City, Iowa, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

Two maidens each with a blessing from the Mud Man at Riverssance in Sioux City, Iowa, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

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