Here's a close up the above photo--note the broken tip of the lance against the knight's armor:
Another jousting shot:
Two little girls dressed in renaissance garb:
And "Kathryn Parr" and "Thomas Seymour" who hosted the joust (and yes, I felt very geeky knowing who those two actually were in history, heh):
Compared to the other renaissance festivals we've been to, this one was by far the largest. There were a gazillion shops and eateries, a plethora of folks who dressed the parts, and great entertainment. It was interesting, however, to note the differences between the others we've been to--in particular, one my husband and I went to about 15 years ago in San Francisco. At that one, we saw actual sword fighting exhibitions and browsed shops full of inexpensive and unique trinkets whereas the Maryland festival prohibited weapons of any kind (thus, no sword fighting exhibitions) and most of the shops were pretty pricey. Perhaps it is the difference between two coasts, or maybe just a sign of the times. No matter, we still had a wonderful time and enjoyed the weather, atmosphere and food. A good time had by all!