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Offline Rani Zemirah

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OKRF 2010 Season Attendance
« on: April 22, 2010, 12:31:28 PM »
Anyone else from the boards here going to make it to the Castle this season?  I plan to make the trip at least once, and hopefully more, during May, although I'm not yet sure of the dates.  I have to see what I can afford after we get back from RenDezvous.  I will have my renlet with me, and most likely a friend or two, and we will all be garbed, although I'm the only one who will have an R/F pin.  We would love to meet anyone from the forums who will be there! 
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Re: OKRF 2010 Season Attendance
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2010, 12:48:57 PM »
I wish we could make it up there this year but won't be able to.  I went a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed this faire.  ;D

Maybe if we get lucky we can go next year.  ;D
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Re: OKRF 2010 Season Attendance
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2010, 02:33:26 PM »
This will actually be my first time getting to go to the Castle!  I've been here in OK for almost 9 years now...  I'm such a slacker.  Tsk, tsk...  Oh well, I'm going this season, and I've actually heard some really good things about this Faire, so I'm looking forward to it!  I wish we had more R/Fer's up here, though!  Well, maybe I can recruit some while I'm there!!!  :D
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Re: OKRF 2010 Season Attendance
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2010, 01:06:21 AM »
that sounds worse than me.
   Two hours away has alot to do with it. I'll be there the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd.
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Re: OKRF 2010 Season Attendance
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2010, 02:05:55 AM »
I had not planned to attend this year.  However, last weekend, I met Ezra & Dilly at the Spirit of Magic Faire.  They told me that they will be performing at the castle.  They are the main attraction for me now in Muskogee.  They helped breathe life into the rainy faire last weekend.  They play great music & have lots of passion.  I believe that they will be performing inside the castle.  If you get a chance, they are well worth experiencing.
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Re: OKRF 2010 Season Attendance
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2010, 03:59:37 PM »
This faire is reasonably close to us, but their website totally blows... little or no good information.  Anyone handy that can give me some decent information about it??
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Re: OKRF 2010 Season Attendance
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2010, 05:42:04 PM »
I know... the site was supposed to be totally revamped, or so I have heard, but so far the little that's there is all they've put up since they took the old site down, and it's bare minimum at best.  Even on the facebook friend/fan site I haven't been able to get any info about the campgrounds nearest the Faire, the show line-up, vendor list or much of anything, really.  The only thing you can really do on the website is buy tickets, but there is a toll free phone number, so I'm going to give them a call. 

Unfortunately, it looks like I may not get to attend this year, after all.  Several extra expenses this month (tags, insurance and moving deposit) have left me with little to nothing to spend on anything other than survival level necessities, so unless I can get a few people to go in on gas and camping, then it probably won't happen.   I have 5 extra seats in my van, and a luggage rack on top for garb bins, if anyone from the OKC area wants to carpool! 
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Re: OKRF 2010 Season Attendance
« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2010, 10:45:08 PM »
Ezra & Dilly sure delivered on Saturday!  I had a blast watching them.  They are really good w/ children & other musicians in the crowd.  Siege Work Creations surprised me by being there.  They're the group that made my longbow.  They are located next to the gypsy camp & have VERY good prices on their bows, quivers & arrows.

Other entertainers included:  Tulstin Troubadors, Willy's Wenches, Musical Blades, Bob the Juggler, Mark Logdson - Escapeologist, the Brothers Dimm, Lord Kerridwyn & Scotty Fox, the Lord Mayor's Co., the same wild birds of prey group, a bellydance troupe, a pirate group, a bagpiper & a few other singing groups that are always playing in the Castle pub.

Of course, the trebuchets still weren't being used. :-(
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Re: OKRF 2010 Season Attendance
« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2010, 10:54:43 PM »
Hard to take into account a variable like the Oklahoma wind in trajectory calculations...  :-\

Craigmeister, do you have any info about the camping available in the area?
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Re: OKRF 2010 Season Attendance
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2010, 01:38:27 AM »
I went for my traditional 1-day per season on Sunday, May 9th to support my friends and family that still must or who want to work this festival.  We arrived LATE - around 4pm or so and stayed until well after close chatting with everyone.  Then we went out to supper with family and I got to play with my 10 week old nephew!  It was a sad day - the parking lot was over half empty and we could hear the intercom announcements from the prison in the parking lot well over the sounds of the festival.  I can't believe that attendance was down so much - overcast and misting weather didn't use to make a difference in the attendance.  I wonder what's happened.
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Re: OKRF 2010 Season Attendance
« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2010, 09:22:17 PM »
We had a large crowd Friday and fairly large Saturday. I think it was a combo of weather and being mothers day on sunday. The weather was great for me as I was standing at the forge most of the day. Camping at the fair is for venders and cast only but I believe there are camping areas at a lake about 30 minutes away.

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Re: OKRF 2010 Season Attendance
« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2010, 10:03:29 PM »
Oh, my... I was told there were public campgrounds within about 15 minutes of the site, but I'm not sure I would be up for having to drive that far away, and not even be able to find out if there were any other rennies using the campgrounds.  An extra 50-60 mile round trip each day on top of the initial drive might just be the deciding factor... That's adding to the gas expense in a bigger way than I can really justify, and hotel accommodations are out of the budget entirely... 

It would be nice if there were more information readily available.  I'm convinced that attendance would be much higher if people could more easily find out what they want to know! 
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Re: OKRF 2010 Season Attendance
« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2010, 01:47:17 PM »
Looking forward to being there either the 22nd or 23rd.  Leaving it up in the air just in case the weather is not nice on the 22nd.

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Re: OKRF 2010 Season Attendance
« Reply #13 on: May 13, 2010, 07:31:05 PM »
There probably is camping closer to the castle but I don't know where it is my group camps out on the fair camp ground.

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Re: OKRF 2010 Season Attendance
« Reply #14 on: May 15, 2010, 12:59:25 AM »
I don't know anything about camping around the castle other than for performers & vendors.  I've always had less than an hour's drive to Muskogee.  Maybe the local Chamber of Commerce would be able to provide some info...

It seemed that attendance was down last Saturday as well.  The parking lot seemed kinda' full but the thick crowds were not present.  There were 3 festivals going on around Tulsa that day.  Maybe they were pulling people away.
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