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Lord Randolph's Pictorial Diary of the 2008 Arizona Renaissance Festival

The short version is " the weather was decent the entire show. Sales were not what i had hoped but better than I had feared"

The longer version
AZ is still not really a dresser show as you can tell by no more dressers than an average Texas weekend but that only makes me value them more and of course spend more time.

The trip out was grueling. a strong head wind, exhaust leak, and service engine light ruined mileage (4.5 to 5 mpg) and made for a long stressful couple of days.

Jo normally follows the van/trailer in the suburban with all the pets but she had to detour to her fathers passing and funeral. Most of his children where with him at the end and he lived his last years exactly how he choose. Jo was abler to arrive in time for opening weekend and brought her sister Carla with her to visit a couple weeks.
Opening weekend was relaxing after the push to clean the building, unload and set up the following Tuesday and Thursday were the annual kids days (up to 100 busses loaded with kids and teachers) addition chaperones come by car and the public can buy tickets. Wednesday thru Sunday was the Estrella war. I met up with my unit (Caidan Royal Artillery Corp who's motto is Crac kills,,, indiscriminately) and we had a good day of siege weapons on Thursday ending in an evening event with glow sticks taped to the ammo. Unfortunately that night rained dramatically and all following siege events were cancelled. I have no idea who won.

The second weekend was Presidents day so a three-day weekend making the festival open 7 of the first 10 days.

I finally had time to get the truck in the shop, turns out I had multiple broken bolts on the driver side exhaust manifold. Two weeks and $1600 later I was able to get it to transmission shop. They found a bad brake switch and a computer module that tells the torque converter to lock at highway speeds. $350 later I was able to drive it 20 mile before the service engine light comes on again. Bad O2 sensor (5th in a year but that is another story) under $200, replaced 1 trailer tire $100 (this story continues later)

We had limited wifi thru out the festival. It was the most infuriating thing I have ever been grateful for. Their wifi network worked great. Found and logged on immediately but they never for their gateways right. It could take an hour to get a connection that would drop in the middle of email but i was able to make many raids with my EQ guild (Dudalous on the Rathe). The last week I gave up completely.

I still have my heal injury so I passed on the wonderful hiking in the area but Jane and Jo explored many new trails and much of the Superstition Mountain.

The week before closing Jane and i drove to California for my grand nephews birthday, to visit my daughter Shannon, and to pick up rings we were in the Suburban so had not breakdowns.

After the show closed we spent a full week sorting , packing and loading, I also put a couple more coats of poly urethane porch and floor and the sales floor. It makes Friday clean up so much easier.

We left about noon on Sunday and made it to Florence before the service engine light came on. Jane thought she heard an exhaust leak, I thought it was just loud (she was right) we made it to El Paso and the truck just lost all power (noon Monday). It kept running but not going I managed to jump the curb and get the truck and trailer off the road under the overpass for the international Bridge (maybe 3 miles from Mexico) when I turned it off it would not start again but i was only 3/4 a mile from a Chevy dealer but that was going to take at the very least over night and probably two nights. The Hispanic tow truck driver recommended Speedy at Best Tech Auto 8276 Alameda Ave, El Paso Tx 79907 915 859 3557 he was great. Seams the exhaust leak was because the side that did not have the broken bolts had no exhaust donut so it melted the starter 2 hours ($250) later the starter was fixed we then went to the muffler shop right across the road and 45 minutes ($50) later the donut and flange were replaced. Try to leave and there is still no power. Barely get back to speedy and in just a couple minute he determines the throttle cable is broken or possibly just the adjuster unscrewed, he pulls it and drapes it over a couple things to stretch it and sends me down the road. We made Van Horn by evening.
I still need to take the flange and receipt to Midas to see what they will do about it as well as fixing the cable. I need a new truck and am looking at a Sprinter.

Delora with children and friend Milissa
Fred Booker
Jonathon Dayton
Kim and Shane Williams
Kristina Cates
Lady Angelica Schilling
Felicia Butler
Teresa Courtright
Pack rats
Jonathon Dayton
Lucus Matelia
Deirdre, Ashley and Brema
Brema Sherer
Deirdre West
Her mother was being fitted for a halter
Heather Tolbart
Cynthia Wood
Albert Wood
Jennifer Bray
Laura Ramirez
Lizabeth Lagos
AMber Lagos Ray
Ian Hodges
Ian Hodges
Eric Hodges
David Goldscheid
Frank Ferguson
Oscar Solis
Leroy Frazier
Monica Eastman
Stacy Chatham
Davie and Alex
Kelly White
Teresa Courtright
Kris Sobczak
Felicia Butler
Jonathon Metzger
Karl Kunsman
Jason Hyland
Kathryn Trautmann
Amber Ray
Betsy Lagos
Carrie Marshall
Jonathon Dayton
Christepher Kracht
Elise Rose
Lauren Bova
sunrise from my back door

The Arizona Renaissance Festival & Artisan Market place produced annually each Feburary and March below the foothills of the Superstition mountains 12 miles east of Apache Junction on US Highway 60
Cheer on brave Knights and roam a 30 acre site filled with castles and cottages, dance and comedy, Kitchens and Pubs and 12 stages filled with nonstop performances of music dance and comedy. Foolish pleasures mix with artisans teasures as you shop, eat and revel with a cast of nearly 2,000 colorfully costumed characters.
The festival is open eight consecutive weekends and Presidents day from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Advance discount admission is $14.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 5-12 available from Fry's food and drug stores. Children 5 and under are free. Parking is free courtesy of Fry's. Admission is $1 more , except seniors when purchased at the gate. 55 and older are $13 at the gate.
For visitor info call (520) 463-2700
12601 East Highway 60
Apache Junction, AZ 85219
tel 520-2600 fax 520-463-2026
The Arizona Renaissance Festival web site



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