Are there only port-a-pottys? Are they bearable, or disgusting, etc.?
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"Are there only port-a-pottys? Are they bearable, or disgusting, etc.?"
There are only port-a pottys at the festival. And like port-a-potty's everywhere, they don't smell any sweeter or look any better as the day goes on.
Given the length of the festival and the size of the crowds, the pottys are well-serviced. That having been said--a well-serviced port-a-potty on its best day still doesn't come close to a flush toilet on its worst.
Most attending are looking for an authentic Renaissance experience. I'd consider lack of toilets to be just one small part of that experience.
My 17 year old daughter and I agree that they are as clean as I've ever seen a port-a-potty. There are many of them (there is very little wait time). The guys have their own urinal so the seat is not as bad. The smell is tempered by the strange green liquid at the bottom. There is a good hand washing station.
The Ren Fest is great. Don't let a couple 5 minutes of not-so-fun spoil 4-6 hours of delight!
They are kept clean & well stocked. Flush toilets would be out of character for that period in history. Think of them as clean out houses which is in character for that period. We love that they try to keep the character of that period in tact.
How did you find this 2 year old thread to resurrect?
Even us die hard rennies value decent privies. Unfortunately haven't made it to Maryland. But to try to justify that porta potties are somehow more in character than real privies is absolutely nuts.
Yeah, I was concerned when I saw the medical staff using leeches and poultices to treat injuries at the festival too, but I was told it was important to keep the character of the period...