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Ren Fest Sets Attendance Records, Set To Grow More

The Texas Renaissance Festival near Plantersville has wrapped-up for the year with record attendance and even bigger plans for next year.


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This was the 38th year for the iconic festival northwest of Houston. Nearly 607,000 people visited between early October and this past weekend. That’s a 24-percent increase in attendance compared to last year. Terre Albert is the festival’s general manager.

“I think we broke ten total records for individual days, for weekends, for the closing weekend we did 125,000. So just a fantastic year, perfect weather, great marketing. We were just excited to have everybody there.”

Albert is part of a new management group that took over the Ren Fest two years ago. He says park improvements will continue.

“We’ve been putting a lot of money back into the place, rebuilding infrastructures. We rebuilt the Tower Stage in 2011. We rebuilt the Globe Stage this year, in 2012. We added 100 acres to our camping facilities. Next year we’re going to take on the Falconer’s Stage. After that, there will not be one area of the festival that will not be rebuilt or remodeled.”

The Texas Renaissance Festival is the largest of its kind in the nation and sits on 55 acres in Todd Mission, just a few miles from Plantersville.

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