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This was the most spectacular festival I have attended this summer.  I saw some of the most beautiful costumes at the Canterbury Renaissance Faire I have seen to date.

Everyone was very helpful and kind.  My trusty helper Russ and I set-up just inside the entrance of the festival grounds.  A lot of goings on and commotion everywhere.  Several traveling entertainers working the streets.  A lot of shows demonstrating the skills of artisans and craft workers from this era in our history. The real beauty of the festival was the costumes.  Of course there were horses in full regalia, but they didn’t hold a candle to the people who had donned their costumes for the day.

Special thnks go out to Debbie Jones of “Flying Skwirl” who introduced me to a founding member of the event.  I don’t remember her name but Thank You Debbie. (See Debbie at

This is an event I wouldn’t miss if I were you.


Faerieworlds 2011

Wow.  What a bash? Not near the crowd that I anticipated, but everyone had a good time at Faerieworlds.

Wet.  Very wet on Saturday due to the rain that fell on and off most all day. The day started out overcast and it turned to rain as the morning progressed.  Most of the campers entered from the camp areas as the sun began to rise, and they continued to enter the main stage area until 11:00 O’clock or so.  Some were damp and others were dry, but they all came with high expectations for a fun and entertaining day.

Russ and I set-up around 10:30 under the wishing tree where I was sure the children would congregate.  And sure enough they came.  Most of the children were accompanied by their parents, or another older adult.  I began blowing up balloons as the young ones arrived.  (Actually my able bodied assistant Russ ran the air pump.  Russ attended most all the festivals with me this year.  He got good and soaked on this day.)

The most appreciation for my balloon give-a-way was voiced by several mothers who had obviously been camping out overnight and had just gotten up and entered the festival area with their children.  Several comments were made as to how much they appreciate I was there to entertain their kids with free balloons.  The kids loved them and so did the folks.

As the children ran and played with their balloons I was able to attracted the attention of several of the more mature people with some of my famous street majic.

I was able to create a dance mood for one young couple who agreed to be hypnotized, and they loved it.  They kept coming back for more.

The Robin Hood Festival was not what I had expected in any way, shape or form.  It comprised mostly of vendors lining the streets of Sherwood selling everything from home improvement items to cosmetics.  Just a lot of common vendors.  No one in costume except one person I met who was dressed like a wizard, of all things.

I stayed for one evening and gave out balloons to as many children as I could entice into accepting them.  I performed some majic and entertained the roving crowd as best I could.  They were all amazed to see me there, especially the promoters of the fair.

Professor Laffmoore entering the 2011 Oregon Country Fair

Professor Laffmoore at the OCFOregon Country Fair 2010

Oregon Country Fair… What can I say about the Oregon Country Fair that hasn’t already been said?  It’s the largest draw for this type of event in the State.

My reason for attending the OCF is to assure that as many young people as possible leave the fair with at least something, even if it’s only a balloon on a string.  And that’s exactly what I offer.  I, or one of my two assistants Russ and Nichole, spent

Oregon Country Fair 2011

Oregon Country Fair 2011

Oregon Country Fair 2010

Oregon Country Fair 2010

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