Recently, I took my kids to the Bristol Renaissance Faire and learned a few (useless) factoids.
• Between 30,000 and 45,000 turkey legs are sold during a single, nine-week season of the Bristol Renaissance Faire.
• Approximately 450,000 gallons of ale, wine, iced tea and lemonade are consumed each season.
• Bristol’s Queen Elizabeth has six exquisitely detailed gowns, each costing thousands of dollars to create.
• The Queen knights somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,280 children every season.
• First-year performers are required to complete 45 hours of classes in the Bristol Academy of Performing Arts prior to the start of the season.
• The longest-standing participant at the Faire is Pamela de la Pena, a Cordon Bleu-trained food vendor who has been serving Faire guests crepes and tempura for 30-plus years.
• More than 100 couples have been married at Bristol over the past 21 years. Every summer, there are dozens of pre-arranged marriage proposals at the Faire.