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Looking Back At The Texas Renaissance Festival Through Sound

The Texas Renaissance Festival opens this weekend, celebrating its 40th anniversary season.


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Elaborate dragon costume. For many festival goers, working on a costume is a year round project. Photo by Andrew Schneider


The Texas Renaissance Festival opens this weekend, celebrating its 40th anniversary season. Over those 40 years, as they’ve expanded and added infrastructure.

Ren-fest’s Cory Brock says employees at the festival love working “in character.”

“Whether it’s the people taking out, you know, the trash, or King Henry or any of our people serving food, they absolutely stay in character and they absolutely dress the part, and we try to recreate as much of the 16th century as possible,” says Brock.

In 2013, Houston Matters intern Michelle Iracheta spent a day at the festival getting to the bottom of who exactly are these employees. 

To find these characters, the festival holds an annual job fair, about a month before it opens to the public. Many of the openings are part-time only, but they can lead to full-time work.

To hear what the festival sounds like, listen below:

In 2002, Ed Mayberry was honored by the Radio & Television News Directors Association with the prestigious regional Edward R. Murrow Award for his use of sound in the “Texas Renaissance Festival” story above.


The Texas Renaissance Festival runs for eight weekends, through November 30th. It is the nation’s largest Renaissance-themed park.


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