The Nebraska Renaissance Faire (May 6 & 7 / May 13 & 14)
Pirates, Pumpkins, and Cowboys Kickoff weekend (September 24 & 25)
The Midlands Pirate Festival (August 27 & 28)
Absolutely, it makes it more fun, but not required.
More food than you can shake a turkey leg at!
All sorts of fun things like costumes characters, unique accents and language, plays & performances, magical entertainers, musicians, poets, artisans, retail shopping, festival foods, a circus enviornment all set in the recreation of a historical European village.