Texas Renaissance Festival breaks records

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The much-anticipated season of food, fun and 16th century magic has wrapped up another successful eight-week run, and the Texas Renaissance Festival is announcing six record-breaking attendance days, despite rainy weather, this festival season.

Voted the “2015 Best Cultural Festival” by USA Today and 10Best, the Texas Renaissance Festival lived up to its tradition of bringing fun, interactive Renaissance cheer to hundreds of thousands of patrons.

The nation’s largest and most acclaimed Renaissance theme park came alive for eight themed weekends, kicking off Oct. 10, through Nov. 29. This year’s themed weekends included Oktoberfest, 1001 Dreams, All Hallows’ Eve, Pirate Adventure, Roman Bacchanal, Barbarian Invasion, Highland Fling and Celtic Christmas. Children ages 12 and under were provided free entry every Sunday.

“This was a tremendously fun season for us, and despite rainy weather, we saw record breaking attendance we have never seen before,” Travis Bryant, marketing and group sales director at the Texas Renaissance Festival, says. “The Texas Renaissance Festival continues to expand according to our growing number of patrons, and we are ready to start planning another unforgettable season in 2016.”

Next year’s Texas Renaissance Festival will kick off from Oct. 7 to Nov. 27 and Thanksgiving Friday.

TRF 2015 season by the numbers:

474,623 – Total 2015 attendance

1.3 million – Fireworks

5,260 – Turkey legs a day

40,000 – campers

6  – record-breaking attendance days

63,011 – New School Days student attendance record

23,008 – Number of kids admitted during Kids Free Sunday

57 – Weddings performed (new record)

5 – Marriage Proposals

5 – Couples in mass vow renewal

61 – New Florence Market shoppes

57 – Pounds of spaghetti juggled by Deante Fettucine on new Florence Gazebo Stage

32,000 – Tomatoes thrown at the insulter in the Tomato Throw Game

20 – Pounds of haggis consumed in the Highland Fling Haggis Eating Contest

More School Days numbers:

115 – School groups performing in music contests (20 bands, 40 orchestras, 55 choirs)

1,725 – Total minutes of music performed

85 – School groups performing in theatre competition

180 – Monologues performed

160 – Duet scenes performed

120 – Group scenes performed

21 – One act plays performed- 21

49 – Total hours of scenes performed

16 – Trebuchet Competition teams

505 – Number of works of art submitted in art contest.

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