Wednesday, November 20, 2019

A Visit to The Texas Renaissance Festival

   In October we visited the 45th annual Texas Renaissance Festival in Todd Mission, Texas. It’s only about 55 miles northwest of Houston so a perfect Sunday morning drive for us. This festival claims to the nation’s largest Renaissance theme park and I have to believe it! We spent several hours wandering around and didn’t come close to exploring the entire 55 acres.
   I had no idea what to expect when we arrived, but it definitely surpassed my wildest imagination. The festival boasts over half a million visitors each year. The food all smelled amazing and the vendors were all dressed in costume and could be heard shouting, "Come get ye fill of our finest brew, me lady!" We couldn't resist a smoked turkey leg. 



When you walk through the gates, it is like walking into a time of make-believe and years past. All of the buildings are quaint and brightly painted. You are suddenly transported into a fairytale. Let's talk about the costumes. Y’all. The costumes are incredible and some of the make-up must take hours to apply.  
There were all types of street performers, but this belly dancer was one of my favorites. Her costume was beautiful and she was very good at shaking her hips.
I’m not a big fan of spook houses or scary stuff in general, however, I did think this horse-drawn hearse was really cool.
They have a parade through the “village” each afternoon. You can get a close-up look at the different characters including the queen and king. The day we went was extra special because the Budweiser Clydesdale joined the parade. They are absolutely stunning and how about the adorable dalmatian? He knew his job was very important.
And what would a Renaissance Festival be without a bit of jousting? The audience was divided into sections and cheered for their “country’s” knight. Fans cheered and waved flags in support. 
We had a wonderful time visiting the Texas Renaissance Festival and if you are ever in the area during its run, I highly recommend it. This year’s festival runs from October 5th thru December 1, 2019. 
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16 comments :

  1. oh we wish we could be there... we love such events... specially the knights at jousting, what a fab time that was!

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  2. What FUNS!!! The outfits are just amazing
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  3. Minnesota has a huge one that runs for about 6 weeks in the early fall. Mom went once but found it to be super obnoxious. Yours looks pretty nice and interesting.

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  4. Wow! What an amazing place! We would all love to get a smoked Turkey leg to eat. Yum!!!

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  5. Even though I am vegan, and have been for almost 20 years, I remember the days of eating a roasted turkey leg...the dark meat was special!

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  6. What fun and what great costumes.
    OMDs do I love the Clydesdale Hitch.
    We watch a program on Spectrum channel Rural Farm channel called Gentle Giants...OMDs so many Clydes, Percheron, Belgian gentle giants. I'm in love with all
    Hugs Cecilia

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  7. Those events are a hoot. Hope you ate our share of turkey legs which are a big hit at our local Renaissance Festival. 🍗

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  8. We visited the fair oh my...almost 15 years ago(I remember it was right before we got Dory). It was a memorable time for sure!!

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  9. That looks like such a fun time!! I would really enjoy something like that, there aren't any around here that I've ever heard of.

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  10. What a fun time! We have a Renaissance Festival here too...but the mom has never gone. She's missing out!

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  11. What a wonderful time!!
    hugs
    Mabel& Hilda

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  12. We went to one of these festivals a couple of years ago. It was so much fun and enjoyed every minute of it. We hope you enjoyed a fun day. Thanks for sharing the great photos. Have a fantastic upcoming weekend.
    World of Animals

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  13. That looks like so much fun! The jousting is always exciting. And turkey legs! We went to the New York one a few years back, and we had a great time. :)

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