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Texas Renaissance Festival Brings a King’s Ransom in Economic Impact

Since its humble beginnings more than four decades years ago, the Texas Renaissance Festival has grown by kingly proportions. This year’s opening weekend saw a record attendance of more than 60,000 guests. Consistently, it draws hundreds of thousands of visitors during its eight-week season in the fall. But preparation gets underway long before those gates […]

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Since its humble beginnings more than four decades years ago, the Texas Renaissance Festival has grown by kingly proportions. This year's opening weekend saw a record attendance of more than 60,000 guests. Consistently, it draws hundreds of thousands of visitors during its eight-week season in the fall.

But preparation gets underway long before those gates open in early October. As a major money maker for the area, its impact can be felt not just by local businesses, but also ordinary people.

News 88.7’s arts and culture reporter Amy Bishop tells us more.

MORE: Texas Renaissance Festival: The King Of Its Kind (News 88.7, Nov. 9, 2015)

(Above: Kyle Castaneda, a freshman in college, is returning to work at the Texas Renaissance Festival for his third year as a kettle corn hawker. Photo: Amy Bishop, News 88.7)

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Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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