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By The Numbers: 2017 Week Three

After what amounted to two opening weekends it was time to settle in for the rest of the run of the 2017 festival. Pirate weekend is a fan favourite and historically on the calendar this weekend can be a hot one. We weren’t disappointed on either count as a shipload of people had a hot time at the ole festival this week!



  Saturday Sunday Total
2017 31,463 26,703 58,166
2016 31,237 29,424 60,661


As I said in my first post of the season this week I’m comparing this weekend to second weekend of prior seasons. Last year was a really good year (Sunday was a record), yet this year’s numbers aren’t off by much. The five year average for Saturday is 30,718 and Sunday 25,671. Honestly, so far it’s shaping up to be a pretty average year. Nothing wrong with that!


Saturday Sunday
2017 Partly Cloudy, High 90°, Low 71°, 76% Avg. Humidity. Partly Cloudy, High 86°, Low 68 °, 71% Avg. Humidity.
2016 Clear, High 90°, Low 65 °, 85% Avg. Humidity Partly Cloudy, High 91°, Low 71 °, 91% Avg. Humidity


Saturday it was hot. It was the hottest I’ve been at faire in a long time. People I know who normally aren’t bothered as much by the heat were having trouble dealing with it. I know by evening I was totally drained, got off work, took a shower and then crashed for the night. It was that bad. Sunday started out warm, but about 1:30 in the afternoon the breeze kicked up, humidity and temperature dropped, and it turned out to be a really nice day. The weather, as it was said was “Festivalish”. 🙂 Alas, the prognosticators forecast warm and humid for the upcoming weekend with an even chance of rain. Wet toga contest anyone?

Coming up- Roman Bacchanal. Get your best bed sheet toga out and get ready to party!

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