So out of the six weekends the KY Highland Renaissance Festival runs we have been to opening weekend and steampunk weekend. Steampunk weekend was very hot, in the low 90's but we went anyway because I wanted to enter the Steampunk Costume Contest. I arrived literally minutes before the women's portion of the contest started and got on the list. I was one of the last contestants to be called up to the stage.
My character was a Lady Milliner who had "time traveled" back to the 1200's of Scotland to show all the Scots the proper way to make a top hat. I got to show-off my black felted top hat and that was fun.
I didn't end up winning the contest but that was ok because later in the day I found Gandalf! And as you can see I wasn't sad after that! :)
If you are getting ready for your own steampunk event and want a unique hand-craft hat to top off your outfit I can make you one just like this one (goggles not included)!