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!
Beautiful weather Saturday brought out guests in droves. The print-your-own tickets were especially popular this week, and those take a little more work on our part. (Think about the difference between handling printer paper and card stock). I also took over as much of the scanning of tickets as I could with the goal of freeing up the rest of the Beefeaters to focus on greeting everyone instead of just taking and scanning the tickets. I was so busy in fact I was mostly unable to enjoy in one of my favourite parts of AHE; costume watching. Still I managed to spot a few interesting ones. Lots of Shreks. Lots of Waldos. Lots of anime characters, Naruto, Dragon Ball and Pokemon being the most numerous of these, but a few more obscure ones too. Lots of Star Trek, the weirdest being the couple in the courtyard taking turns spanking each other. (Yeah, me neither.) Multiple Doctor Whos. Legions of Storm Troopers, Jedi and Darth Vaders. Scads of Zombies. A fair number of Sailors. (What, was it Fleet Week too?) Some of the good ones were the ‘Fantasy Horses’ who I later heard placed in the costume contest. I have a feeling I missed some really good costumes though.
In the wee hours of Sunday morning we experienced what was dubbed by some as a ‘Ren-nado’ when strong winds and thunderstorms roared thought the area. Trees and tents and even a RV were sent flying in the camp-grounds. No serious injuries were reported, but more than a few people had damage or got soaked. Several patrons came up to the gates Sunday to verify their tickets would be good another day, (in almost every case they were) and then proceeded to pack-up and head home to dry out. The rain had all but stopped by the time the gates opened, and quickly cleared up after that, but the damage had been done because everyone south of us was still in the middle of the storm, which kept attendance low for the day.
I started to feel sorry for myself since we had a little damage and some things got soaked, but others fared even worse, and I got over my self-pity. Poor Deb the Tree Lady had a tree fall onto her RV actually trapping her inside. She wasn’t injured but had to be rescued, and the trailer is probably a total loss. A fund has already been started to help her out, and I hope all works out well for her.
Another hazard I discovered on a slow AHE Sunday is that there is a lot of candy around for the taking, and I was suffering quite the sugar buzz by lunchtime. Oh, and don’t bother eating the Smarties, They don’t help.
Prepare to be boarded! Pirates this weekend.
Week four in our Beefeater’s Fan Contest yields yet more winners. Autumn Hernandez, Marchelle Schlenker, Jarrod Fredericks, Bonna Knox & Joe Newman all will receive Texas Renaissance Festival tickets courtesy of the TRF Beefeaters! The winners have been notified by email. Continue reading Week Four Winners of Texas Renaissance Festival Tickets Announced!
I bet you thought I would forget to pick winners this week since we are busy with School Days, (which is going brilliantly, I might add), but I didn’t forget and am happy to announce that Shelly Kelly, TomPfaff , Sonya Raetzke, Casey Crosby and Jaded Kitty are this weeks Texas Renaissance Festival ticket recipients courtesy of the TRF Beefeaters! The winners have been notified by email.
This week I’m happy to announce that Natalie Angel, Sarah Frenzel, Shelley Osburn , Lara Crump and Haley Fritz all won a pair of tickets to the Texas Renaissance Festival courtesy of the TRF Beefeaters! The winners have been notified by email. Continue reading Second Week’s Winners of Texas Renaissance Festival Tickets Announced!
After all the news and questions about the wildfires, burn ban, smoking ban and warnings about escaped monkeys, (yes, a monkey warning), it was almost a relief when the festival opened and we could get to taking tickets.
The weekend started out pretty good, Saturday attendance was even better than opening day last year, but Sunday was a little slower to say the least. It’s hard to complain when we got what we’ve been praying for for so long, a good day of steady rain. This weekend the weather looks to be excellent, so it should be a busy one! Continue reading Dusty and Muddy; First Weekend Had Something For Everyone!
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