Exactly one month from today, September 22, myself and a good friend will begin a four hour trek to the Texas Renaissance Festival. This will be my third year in a row to attend this amazing event, and it will be his first time. We will be staying for the entire weekend (which I've never done) and will return home late on Sunday evening.
While I wouldn't consider myself a hardcore RenRat (I've yet to dress in costume to attend, nor do I talk with an English accent), I do believe that I'm seasoned enough to create a list of items that are a necessity for attending such events. Some of the items are needed for the trip, while others can be acquired at the festival itself.
Once my visit to the Texas Renaissance Festival is over, I'll be sure to write up a review of it, the campground we are staying at, and anything we happen to encounter along the way.
Take a look at this list and let me know if I'm missing anything. I'm sure a few Lunchers out there get there Ren on just as much or more than I do!
While there are plenty of hotel and park options for spending the night in the area surrounding Plantersville, TX, a lot of festivalgoers prefer to rough it at the festival's own campground. As of this writing, a spot in the campground costs $20. No reservations are allowed and there are no specific spots laid out. In other words, you set up your tent or camper trailer in any old spot you want. The grounds can get crowded and from what I've been told, very little sleep actually occurs overnight. Many of the festival employees will put on "after hours" performance for campers and according to a few people I know, these performances can be rather adult in nature. While a good tent won't drown out the noise and merriment, it is easy to set up for the night and just as easy to pack away for the trip home.
While I am staying in a tent for the festival, I will be doing so at the KOA Kampground near Lake Conroe. It will be a lot tamer there during the evening, and they have plenty of creature comforts to boot.
The festival campground offers no utility hook-ups, restrooms, or showers, so keep that in mind before you decide on where you want to stay!
Almost as important as mead is the consumption of a smoked turkey leg on the festival grounds. The turkey legs are sold throughout the festival, and you can smell them and numerous other smoked foods being cooked at the festival all day long. I must warn you that these particular turkey legs are extremely juicy, and it is a good idea to eat the leg with your head extended beyond the range of your feet and/or belly (whichever sticks out the farthest) because there will definitely be some drippage going on!
Sunny days can lead to sunburn, so if you're like me and couldn't tan for a million bucks, it's a good idea to bring some sunblock with you. I suggest the spray-on kind.
Bringing a small group of friends is an excellent way to experience the Texas Renaissance Festival. Stick together for performances or split up into smaller groups and check out everything the festival has to offer. Also, have one or more friends agree to be designated drivers if you plan on driving home or back to a hotel or campground!
What did you think of this list?