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Posted by Maroon the Shantyman
Apr. 14, 2008 10:43 AM  

Notice that's fair without the "e". Don't know why, but I like the fact this festival doesn't use the olde English spelling of the word.

There's a reason why we tend to call this festival our "home fair". It's because of all the fans, friends, and family we have there. Norman was our first "ren faire" to perform at back in 2000 and we always have a blast coming back to the festival and performing in front of the multitude of crazed pumpers and pumpettes that grace our shows. I remember when the festival director first told us back in 2005 that she was going to move us to the back corner of the festival, my initial thought was "crap, now we're going to be lucky to get 15 people to a show", then she told me why she was doing it: to pull people back to that section of the grounds that had been dead since the move to Reaves Park from the Duck Pond. I felt better about it, but was still a bit unsure whether or not we'd be the draw she thought we would. Silly me. Our fans proved my fears to be unfounded as we continually fill the seats and more show after show in the years we've been at that stage. I know that many vendors around that area have told me of their appreciation that us and the chess match are back there, because the amount of people around their shops before and after the shows increases a ton.

This year was doubly special as we were making a return to the festival after taking last year off for the birth of my baby girl and the festival hiring the Jolly Rogers in our place. We were very happy to be back and according to our fans' reactions and welcome backs, they were happy to have us back, too. After missing last year and us no longer performing at Muskogee, it had been a long while for many of the OK fans to get their 'Pumps fix. Couple all this with the fact that we were recording a show to be placed on the new DVD (yes, again), and there was some excitement in the air this year for certain. With the word spreading before the start of the festival and all day Friday, we got a huge crowd on hand for the DVD show Saturday afternoon. At times, the sound guys said the crowd would overpower the mics shouting "MacIntyre" on "Old Dun Cow". Quite the experience, let me tell you. Big bilgy thanks go to our sound guys, Chris and John, and our videographers, John, Josh, Alyssa, Kathy, and to the Tod for the use of his camera.

When you add in the fact that I get to see my family and the whole band gets to see our "extended family" in the form of the Wingnut clan (one of whom was kidnapped by pirates from his school back in 2006), and Celia and Dana's clan (who were kind enough to treat us to a pirate picnic at their house on Friday), no amount of Oklahoma allergy attacks can make us stay away from Norman each April. Though we are still paying for this visit as Squeegy and I are still suffering the after-effects of the sickness. Oh well, you wanna have fun, you gotta pay the price, and the fun is definitely worth it.

Because it's all for me blog. Me jolly jolly blog.
....Maroon



I still have no idea how I managed to avoid the allergy induced sickness you guys got. My cat in a blender voice still sounds as bad as always and even my hand is healing. Watch out dumpsters!
Posted by Sharkbait on Apr. 14, 2008 11:52 AM

We were so glad to hear that you were coming back this year. Congrats on the bundle of joy. I ordered your cd's from the website before the fair so my husband could hear you guys, and my 2 year old son fell in love with your music. I put on a cd in the kitchen while I am cooking and he is right there dancing. We made a point to make it to the Saturday taping show, and he loved it. He was hollering right along with everyone else. We had so much fun and my husband is a fan now to. Thank you guys for making it a point to be here. We really apprieciate it. It was AWESOME! Thank you again.
Posted by Tiana Best on Apr. 14, 2008 02:54 PM

Norman was so very glad to have you back. And we hope that there will be no repeats of a Pump-less fair again. :D
Posted by The Minion's Mom on Apr. 14, 2008 04:38 PM

Oy! You forgot me and my crew getting hooked, Peanut! LMAO It was serious fun getting to see y'all at the fair! It was my first time getting to see a Pumps show and thought that you guys were freaking awesome!
Posted by Felicia Cochran on Apr. 15, 2008 10:19 PM

Unfortunately I missed your shows this year, due to having to do my own thng...dang SCA fighting. I will however say this, the air alone for the fair was much happier....or groggier I should say since you guys were back. It definately made an impact. You will have to let us know when and where we can get this DVD. Welcome Home guys.
Posted by Jarrod Chapin on Apr. 16, 2008 11:06 PM

Me and my friends agreed, last year's faire felt a little empty without you guys. Great fun having you guys back, and we're looking forward to the DVD. One of my buddies got dragged up to dance and she hasn't stopped blushing since!
Posted by Jinglin' Key on Apr. 18, 2008 01:23 AM

Hey you think that it is bad when you visit try living here......... It horrible........ I'm sick all the time because of my allergies..... lol I still have to laugh at you guys tho.......
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