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By ANNA-MEGAN RALEY, CBS Houston
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The Texas Renaissance Festival announced in a release that wildfire evacuation orders orders currently in place and issued by Grimes County Emergency officials have forced them to cancel all weekend activities and on-site events scheduled for for this weekend. 

As per the release:

This includes the final wedding tour  of the season, which was slated for Saturday, September 10, as well as cast rehearsals, new staff orientation for Nichols Games and other vendors and the work weekend scheduled by TRF officials.  All activities will be rescheduled for a later date.
At this time, the TRF grounds remain closed to the public until evacuation orders for the area are removed by county officials. 
“The Texas Renaissance Festival continues to work with emergency crews and the tri-county officials in order to get these fires under control; that is our first priority at this time,” said Terre Albert, General Manager, TRF.  “With the current evacuation orders and road closures in place, we simply cannot allow access to the festival at this time so all of our pre-planned events have to be rescheduled to a later date.”
The festival office and grounds continue to serve as a mobilization station for the emergency crews working across multiple counties to contain a series of wild fires that have affected the area for nearly one week.  The Texas Renaissance Festival will continue to operate with limited staff on-site until further notice by fire safety officials.
Albert continued, “Our staff continues to prepare for the opening of the 37th Annual Texas Renaissance Festival at this time and we are looking forward to welcoming our patrons, neighbors and community partners back to the grounds beginning Saturday, October 8th.”
The Texas Renaissance Festival (TRF) is the Nation’s largest and most acclaimed Renaissance theme park where the sights, sounds, tastes and beauty of the 16th Century come alive for eight magically-themed weekends.  TRF welcomes more than 450,000 guests annually and features nearly 500 costumed performers on 17 stages; 340 shoppes including international food purveyors, unique artisans, merchants and craft vendors; human-powered rides; an abundance of strolling performers and the Royal Fireworks display at dusk.  The Festival is held Saturdays, Sundays and Thanksgiving Friday.  TRF is located 50 miles Northwest of Houston on more than 50 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds on FM 1774, between Magnolia and Plantersville, Texas.  For more information, visit www.texrenfest.com.
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