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Texas Renaissance Festival Brings The Past To Life

Picture of Lenard Smith
Updated: 9 February 2017
Every fall, boys and girls of all ages head to Todd Mission, Texas, to eat funnel cakes and turkey legs while wearing fairy wings and codpieces. Welcome to the Texas Renaissance Festival. Ranked the second best Renaissance Festival in America by The Travel Channel, the event began in 1974 on 15 acres has spread to over 50, and attracts over 500,000 visitors every year.

The festival has served as the setting for many weddings; it is not uncommon to catch a glimpse of couples partaking in the festivities.​

Texas Ren Fest | © Lenard Smith, Jr.
Texas Ren Fest | © Lenard Smith, Jr.

Fierce and fearsome creatures roam the grounds in plain sight.​​

Texas Ren Fest | © Lenard Smith, Jr.
Texas Ren Fest | © Lenard Smith, Jr.

The ‘town crier’ is a blast from the past in more ways than one.

Texas Ren Fest | © Lenard Smith, Jr.
Texas Ren Fest | © Lenard Smith, Jr.

​A blending of the modern and the mythical results in the ‘Steampunk Fairy Hunter.’

Texas Ren Fest | © Lenard Smith, Jr.
Texas Ren Fest | © Lenard Smith, Jr.

Speaking the Queen’s English becomes more difficult when your belly is full of grog.

Texas Ren Fest | © Lenard Smith, Jr.
Texas Ren Fest | © Lenard Smith, Jr.

Simpler times included simpler pleasures, like dancing in the ‘streets.’

Texas Ren Fest | © Lenard Smith, Jr.
Texas Ren Fest | © Lenard Smith, Jr.

It was not uncommon to see a plague mask in medieval times, a period ravaged by disease.​

Texas Ren Fest | © Lenard Smith, Jr.
Texas Ren Fest | © Lenard Smith, Jr.