When George Coulham founded the festival in 1974, it consisted of only 15 acres of land in an old strip mine in Plantersville, Texas with three stages, a small group of performers, and a few vendors. It has since grown to be 60 acres with eight themed villages, almost 400 vendors, and thousands of performers. You can literally spend all day there and not see all there is to see. Between the shops selling anything and everything from food (try the fried mushrooms!) to pottery, woodcarvings, jewelry, and clothes and the many games, rides, and shows there is something for everybody to stay entertained. The festival is a great way to escape to another world, even if it is just for the weekend.
For more information check the Texas Renaissance Festival Website. I look forward to seeing all my fellow Coogs there.