This faire just keeps getting better and better every year. So many more stages and shows to take in. The shops with all their handmade items are places to go to get some unique gifts. I love seeing many of the same actors year after year - it's like visiting family. My kids (now grown) have taken on their own traditions of going to the Ren Faire with their significant others and many friends. It's a great day out. Make sure you stay through the Finale in Song performances - here you will get a small sampling of some of the acts which you may have missed during the day - and of course its where everyone kisses and makes up with the queen. My nephews always beg for me to take them along when we go - they love it as well. I'm not sure if I should worry that one of them always wants to root for the "bad guys"! LOL!! CHEAT TO WIN!
My only negative: I do wish their ticket prices were lower (that's why I only gave 4 stars). It's hard to bring a family of 4 (or more) plus purchasing the foods (giant turkey leg is a must). The last few years I've made it a point to go either opening weekend or closing weekend in order to take advantage of the two passes for the price of one. Showing up in costume is another way to lower the price. Also, check on line and go to your local community centers, they often have discount tickets available.