I decided to head over to the Renaissance Festival with a friend and his kids today. I'd have to say that it has been about 20 years since I've been there and I've been meaning to go there since then but other things ended up getting in the way.
It was first established 1979 near the junction of Dixie Highway and I-75. In 1985, the organizers moved it to it's current location near Mount Holly. Since they have added relatively permanent structures to their fictional village of Hollygrove (a combination of the two townships it sits between). They try to re-create a village of the period of Elizabeth I and I think they do a pretty good job of that. Apparently, they get about 250,000 visitors per year and many of those are in costume.
I will admit that it was pretty cool and when I go again, I will make sure that I get there earlier so I don't have to deal with as many people. I really liked watching the jousting and I wish I would have caught an earlier show to give me a little practice. I guess I will have to remember that for the next time.