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By The Numbers: 2017 Week Five

What a difference a week can bring! We had some nice weather and everyone always loves All Hallows’ Eve, so attendance really bounced back this week. Last week I was really wishing for a breeze, this week not so much. Be careful what you wish for for, eh?

AHE is usually a crowd favourite, and I always enjoy seeing the creative (and not so creative) costumes everyone comes up with. This year did not disappoint, as with the cooler weather heavy or elaborate costumes weren’t such a burden to wear. This goes for uniform tunics as well, thankfully!


  Saturday Sunday Total
2017 37,226 29,238 66,464
2016 42,209 36,151 78,360

After sweltering for the first few weeks, the forecast all week for this weekend was a good one, so at least the meteorologists didn’t scare everyone off for once. Apparently there was a baseball championship going on somewhere nearby, but seems people were willing to come out and have some fun before going to watch the games. 😉 We had nice steady crowds, and while no records were broken, everyone seemed pleased. The average attendance for the past five years is 38,612 for Saturday and 29,772 for Sunday, so it looks like we are back to being absolutely average. I’ll take it.


Saturday Sunday
2017 Clear, High 61°, Low 40°, 38% Avg. Humidity. Clear, High 70°, Low 35 °, 35% Avg. Humidity.
2016 Partly Cloudy, High 85°, Low 61°, 70% Avg. Humidity Fog then Partly Cloudy, High 86°, Low 64°, 73% Avg. Humidity

Saturday stayed downright cold all day, and breezy conditions made sure you didn’t have much of a chance to warm up, especially at our north facing front gates. Sunday morning I had to scrape frost off my windshield before I drove to work, but the wind had died down and the day warmed up very nicely. All together a very beautiful weekend for a renaissance festival.

This weekend’s weather prognosis is for warmer, but other wise nice weather. Those barbarians always seem happier the less they are wearing, so should be a good one for Barbarian Invasion.


See you at the gates… Until then, ‘Fare thee well!’
Sir David Falstaff
Captain, Texas Renaissance Festival Beefeaters