I checked the wikipedia... I thought much of it was interesting, but this really interested me:
While many of those who remember the idyllic and transportative nature of the earlier fairs (especially those fairs operating with a non-profit spirit) lament the growth of the fairs as businesses, new generations of "Rennies" continue to find the same sort of joy in their work at the still-popular modern fairs.
So wait- we work at a modern Renaissance Festival? :) But mostly I was intrigued by the "lament the growth of the fairs as businesses" line.. I wouldn't agrue with it, in fact, I think a lot of the frustrations to be had at Fest stem from this lamentation. But is it good, bad, or other?
Full article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renaissance_fair