It will be a short update this week, as we also had our annual School Days this week. More Renaissance Festival means less time at the keyboard, for better or worse!
While the numbers for the weekend were not as impressive as last year, (Those were really good numbers in 2016) they are better than the previous five year average attendance for the date of 30,358 for Saturday and 29,062 for Sunday. Hey, every weekend can’t be a record right?
|2017||Partly Cloudy, High 85°, Low 72°, 72% Avg. Humidity||Partly Cloudy, High 86°, Low 72°, 71% Avg. Humidity|
|2016||Partly Cloudy, High 85°, Low 61°, 70% Humidity||Fog then Partly Cloudy, High 86°, Low 64°, 73% Humidity|
Gah! After a nice cool (OK, cold) weekend last week, we were back to hot and muggy. It was a good weekend to be a shirtless barbarian, that’s for sure!
The numbers were down slightly from last year, but you wouldn’t know it from the feel of the crowds. I will say that the addition of a fifth gate made large improvement in getting the students and chaperones through the gates. It’s always a bit of a trial for us since thirty thousand arrive all at once, usually over a period of just two hours, instead of the seven or eight hours of a typical thirty thousand day. I made it much more pleasant from the guests point of view too, I’m sure. The kids always seem to be in a good mood and ready to have a good time regardless.
|2017||Mostly Cloudy, High 85°, Low 63°, 70% Avg. Humidity||Overcast, High 62°, Low 53°, 85% Avg. Humidity|
|2016||Cloudy & Rain (0.14 in.), High 81°, Low 66°, 75% Avg. Humidity||Partly Cloudy, High 86°, Low 68°, 83% Avg. Humidity|
Tuesday continued the warm and muggy theme of the weekend, but the evening saw the arrival of a cold front. Wednesday was grey and cold. Note that the high of 62° was at midnight, and during the day the temperature never got above 56°. A slight mist started in the afternoon but actual rain held off until after the close.
This weekend’s forecast looks spectacular, and the buzz for the new Heroes and Villains has been vary positive, so this week may be a really busy one. Pack your patience, and don’t go through Magnolia and it should be a fun time for all!
See you at the gates… Until then, ‘Fare thee well!’
Sir David Falstaff
Captain, Texas Renaissance Festival Beefeaters