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September 10, 2007
The Maryland Renaissance Festival has become the region's premier outdoor event and the second largest Renaissance Festival in the country. Since the Festival's first season as a ramshackle village in 1977, the event has matured into a large theme show with more than 1,300 participants and 225,000 guests per season.
The Maryland Renaissance Festival employs more than 600 people during each season, working in entertainment and customer service. Eighty-five acres of parking space handle an average of 12,000 customers daily. The English Tudor village is 125 acres of woods and field that transport patrons to an era of chivalry, bawdiness, and good fun. There are more than 130 craft shops displaying many wares handmade by the village artisans. Forty-two food outlets provide a feast of foods rarely seen at other festivals. Each season, more than half a million beverages are served at the Festival's eight soft drink stands, five beer stands, and five taverns.
More than a single business, the Festival attracts thousands of tourists and tour groups to the region. The Festival has been recognized by the American Bus Association as one of the 100 best events in North America. United States Department of Commerce figures show that special events generate $2.40 in the local economy for each $1.00 spent at the show. An exit poll reveals an extremely satisfied customer base with 99.6% saying they will return the following year.
The Maryland Renaissance Festival, more than a fun event of entertainment, food, crafts, and attractions, is a success that has exhibited continued growth without compromising customer satisfaction.
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Pronunciation: 'far-E, 'fer-
Inflected Form(s): plural fair·ies
Etymology: Middle English fairie fairyland, fairy people, from Old French faerie, from feie, fee fairy,
from Latin Fata, goddess of fate, from fatum fate
Date: 14th century
A mythical being of folklore and romance usually having diminutive human form and magic powers.