Who's Guarding Your Gate?
By The Numbers: 2016 Week Four
This week’s update will be short and sweet, as it was a short (but not so sweet) week for me, with the annual School Days held this week.
Again, weather makes all the difference for the attendance numbers this year compared to last. It was a little warmer than last week, but everyone one was out in all their best All Hallows Eve costumes, and a good time was had by all on the busiest weekend of the season, (so far!)
|2016||Partly Cloudy, High 85°, Low 61°, 70% Humidity||Fog then Partly Cloudy, High 86°, Low 64°, 73% Humidity|
|2015||Overcast & Rain (0.76 in.), High 74°, Low 69°, 97% Humidity||Overcast & Rain (0.04 in.), High 69° (2am), Low 60 °, 97% Humidity|
As I recall last year was pretty miserable, and the weather in Houston was much worse, which really affect the attendance. This year I would have been happy ten degrees cooler, but people in cooler costumes (temperature, not style) were happy with it.
The attendance for School Days continues to grow. Those numbers a equivalent to a typical Sunday crowd, except we get them in the gates in a period to one and a half to two hours, instead of seven or eight! Tuesday was a smaller crowd, but they arrived over a period of 90 minutes, which was quite the challenge to handle. The larger Wednesday crowd in contrast went much smoother, as they arrived in a period of just over two hours. If you’ve never seen it, the gates on those days are a sight to behold!
|2016||Cloudy & Rain (0.14 in.), High 81°, Low 66°, 75% Humidity||Partly Cloudy, High 86°, Low 68°, 83% Humidity|
|2015||Overcast, High 79°, Low 54°, 90% Humidity||Partly Cloudy, High 78, Low 61°, 93% Humidity|
What would School Days be without the rain? Probably about the same actually, as the schools have planned in advance and are coming regardless. We had quite the downpour on Tuesday at about ten minutes to one, and a wave of school kids hit the gates right after it started. Luckily I had the foresight to open them all up so they could get out safely, though we did have to watch that they didn’t stop in the gates and cause a crush behind them. Wednesday the humidity stuck around, and it was really miserable.
Most of you are probably already at the camp grounds, so without further ado, on to Roman Bacchanal Weekend!
See you at the gates… Until then, ‘Fare thee well!’
Sir David Falstaff
Captain, Texas Renaissance Festival Beefeaters