When we first got there we were overwhelmed by how much there was to see and do. We walked around trying to get a feel for the size of the grounds and kept turning corners to discover new alleys of shops and stages and such. After about an hour of that, we got a drink and sat down to do some people watching and plan out what we wanted to see. There were some crazy costumes, my favorite was this kid dressed up as Link sitting by a tree playing an ocarina.
We spent a good amount of time playing games. Tiffany, Seth, and I went through a maze designed for children, but thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and the big slide at the end. We all played a wooden crossbow game with moving targets (I had a lot of trouble with my crossbow). Seth tried his hand at throwing knives (one of which actually stuck in the wall). And we all did a little archery, where my training from Boy Scouts and Camp Curiosity came in handy and I showed the others how to shoot properly.
We saw several shows throughout the day, some intentionally and others by chance. We attended the joust, and were seated in the section of the evil knight. He also happened to be one of the better jousters, so we got to cheer a lot. The joust ended with a cliffhanger and we didn't come back to see what happened, but somehow I doubt our knight won.
We also saw an acrobatic show by the acrobatic/comedy troupe Barely Balanced which was really incredible. Not only did they pull off crazy stunts, but they were also very humorous throughout. Bert got picked as an audience participant.
The other two shows we stumbled upon. The first was the Queen and her court doing some dances (while kindly announcing to the audience what the dances were called and when they were commonly performed). One of the ladies from the court sat down next to Bert and gossiped about the Queen paying more attention to her favorite Duke than her visiting French suitor. Scandal! The other "show" happened as we were walking down the street. We saw a man loudly dragging a woman away. Then there was a swordfight in the middle of the street, where Robin Hood fought some of the Sheriff's men and announced their intention to settle the matter an hour later at one of the stages. It was probably the coolest thing that happened all day.
We also saw a zebra, an elephant and some monkeys. All in all, we had a great time (and giant turkey legs).
I'm just going to post this since it's finished. More updates to come!