A record opening weekend crowd disregarded the weather that rolled across the Brazos Valley, giving the folks at the Texas Renaissance Festival something unexpected to smile about.
Around 50,000 people came out along with the rain beating out the previous record 26,000 in 2003.
Ren Fest General Manager Terre Albert tells Navasota News, seeing the huge number of visitors experience the festival’s 55 acres was a great 40th year anniversary gift.
He says the fest has been growing every year, but in the past few years really focusing on getting regular folks to come out.
A new management team was brought in that still marketed to the festivals core audience while others know that it is a place for everyone.
From onsite surveys for the past five years, he continues, one fourth of the visitors are there for the first time.
And to reinforce the new open-arms policy, Albert says things have changed over the last few years.
We are a pg-13 theme park he continues, “We still have plenty of stuff for the kids and family.”
For more information and dates, go to texrenfest.com