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Guarding the gates of the Texas Renaissance Festival are the Beefeaters. Stalwart defenders of the gates of New Market village, they are a small detachment of the finest of the Yeomen of the King’s Own Guard sent to New Market to secure the village for the King’s annual progress, and ensure only invited guests are admitted to the festivities. Flamboyant and raucous, their importance can not be overstressed, as they are the first of the King’s subjects that greet the guests on their way into the festival, and the last that they see as they start their journey home.

From the Captain of the Guard:

Good day to thee! and welcome to the Yeomanry web site of the Texas Renaissance Festival. During the festival season the patrons pass by us Beefeaters so quickly on their way in, we barely get to know them. We realize this is solely due to their eagerness to enter the grounds and festivitate, but we wanted to provide a chance for people to stop and get to know the men beneath the skirts. Enter our realm, and enjoy thy stay!

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By The Numbers: 2017 Week Nine

We finally reached the conclusion to the new expanded season of the 2107 Texas Renaissance Festival, and it was a glorious weekend for a festival indeed! The crowds came out to enjoy it with us, and we even broke a record.

Looked back at the season, I will say that adding an extra weekend didn’t tire me out as much as I thought it might. Ending the season with a three day weekend still knackers me out though…

Attendance:

  Friday Saturday Sunday Total
2017 31,002 44,292 35,665 110,959
2016 31,023 41,739 37,064 109,826

Nice attendance numbers for the final weekend, and as was the case almost all year, right at our average for the dates for the last few years. Saturday’s 44,292 was a record for final Continue reading By The Numbers: 2017 Week Nine