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Texas Renaissance Festival / First Time at TRF - Highland Fling!
« Last post by NYCGarion on November 14, 2017, 02:10:47 PM »
Excited to be making my first visit to TRF this weekend for the Highland Fling! I say "first", but I'm told reliably by my parents that we went when I was a child. A friend and I are flying to Houston from New York Friday morning, and we've reserved one of the new VIP tents. I've already packed a giant roller with garb, and I'm looking forward to a fantastic weekend.

Any tips for a first-time TRFer? What are the "must-sees"? Which clans are going to be camping this weekend? I'd love to stop by and say hello. I went to faires (Scarborough, Norman, KC - apparently TRF) as a kid, but really got back into them the past five years or so after a long gap. I frequent the New York Renaissance Faire, but I've also done PA, MD, AZ, and MA over the past few years. I'm a bit of an aspiring Rennie...

I'll be wearing a black and grey wool kilt Saturday, curly-toed Son of Sandlar boots, a fur shoulder stole and a Robin Hood-style hat with a feather that suggests overcompensation (it isn't). Sunday I may be in gold tights and leather. Maybe a black leather crown. Definitely be at the bon fires, may swing by After Dark. Say hello!

Texas Renaissance Festival / Re: Any traffic Fridays?
« Last post by Trillium on November 14, 2017, 11:17:42 AM »
Based on my experience 2 weeks ago, Friday traffic was fine, we arrive just before noon.  Camping close to the faire entrance was already fairly busy, those parking rows seemed to be occupied by clans for the most part.  Main camping was very full by Friday night/Saturday morning.  As AngieT said, busier than I have ever seen it on one of less popular weekends.  However, I haven't been out in a few years...  Good luck and enjoy!
Texas Renaissance Festival / Re: Any traffic Fridays?
« Last post by AngieT on November 14, 2017, 08:45:22 AM »
This past weekend, we arrived around 1:30-2:00 pm on Friday.  Traffic was fine.  I went out about 30 minutes after arrival to go to Dollar General, and it was still fine. 

As for spots, it's hard to say.  Last weekend was the busiest weekend I've ever seen, but I don't go as much as others here.  We took a drive around the campground, and there were already a ton of sites set up, more than I remembered seeing at that time.  We camped close to the entrance of the campground (not the festival), as we had kids, so we were as far away from the festival gates as you could get.  We just piled up our crew in the back of one truck and drove to the camp parking that's pretty close to the gates (closer than the campsites). 
Mundane Topics / Re: Two words!
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Mundane Topics / Re: Two words!
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Texas Renaissance Festival / Any traffic Fridays?
« Last post by Penopolis on November 14, 2017, 02:38:11 AM »
Coming in with a decent sized group to set up camp Friday afternoon. I know traffic gets pretty backed up Saturday and Sunday. Anything like that on Friday? Do the police come out to block the residential roads on Friday, or only on Saturday and Sunday?

As a secondary question, will we have any luck finding space for about 4 cars and 5 tents in the rows closest to the fair gates if we arrive around 3PM?
Mundane Topics / Re: Two words!
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Texas Renaissance Festival / Re: The Black Vampire
« Last post by midnightowl on November 11, 2017, 05:39:31 PM »
Actually that is why I want to get a hold of him, I want to know how much and for how long of a session. Hopefully some one can help. Thank you!
Texas Renaissance Festival / Re: The Black Vampire
« Last post by Sir Martin on November 11, 2017, 05:11:11 PM »
Wish I could tell you how to get in touch with him.  He would probably be glad to do a quick session with you if you tip him.
Mundane Topics / Re: Two words!
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