Medieval magic sweeps city

Mount Gambier will this weekend be overrun with a host of medieval characters as the Blue Lake city hosts it inaugural Fantasy Medieval Fair.

The event, at the Mount Gambier Showgrounds, will start at 10am Saturday and promises two days of family-friendly fun.

The Confession combat arena will host bouts throughout the day with Roman Gladiators and Vikings taking to the field.

Knights from across Australia will engage in state versus state combat in the SA Scorpions arena, while horse riders will joust their way to victory and long bow archers will hold demonstrations and come and try sessions.

The SE Voice Medieval marketplace will showcase wares to suit the theme with stalls like Firebear armoury, The Medieval Shoppe from NSW, The Village Cooper and local artisans DragonSteel and Leather.

One of the volunteer organisers Talie Teakle said there were more than 30 stallholders with a wide range of wares.

“Want to know how to craft your own wares using medieval techniques? The Craiola Local Artisan alley in the main hall will host local artists doing demonstrations all day,” she said.

“And while you’re there, drop into the Gaming Nexus come and try Dungeons and Dragons gaming tables to get right into the spirit of all things Fantasy and Medieval.”

Ms Teakle said she was especially looking forward to seeing the costumes.

“We have been promoting the idea of coming in costumes for some time, and while it’s not mandatory we are definitely encouraging it and you can register at the info stall for the competition to win great prizes,” she said.

“We also recommend you check out the weapon’s policy we have develop with the local branch of SAPOL, which is on our website.

“There’s also a hair braiding station and a henna tattooing stall so that you can look the part no matter what you wear, and we’re very excited at the reaction we have had to those additions being added to the fair.”

Ms Teakle said there would be a wide array of entertainment for the youngsters, with a traditional Punch and Judy puppet show, a DIY rune stand, the opportunity to feed carrots to Highland cattle, as well as a Cardboard Castle Creation Station.

There will be also be performances by the Mount Gambier Calisthenics Club and local Highland dancers, tunes by the Greenwood medieval duo and songs by Wehl Street Theatre.

“Stay for lunch and enjoy one of the many food stalls on with some traditional samplings as well as vegan options on offer and stop by the Thistle Meadery Tavern for a drop of fine honey mead, cider, beers or wines,” Ms Teakle said.

“Wander through a viking village, engage with the historical reenactors, get your photo taken in chain male armour and more.

“And if that’s not enough and you want more, there is an over-18s only Medieval Feast on Saturday night from 6pm with a spit roasted, three course meal by Mean Feedz and Ian Perry.

“Rene Veno will be there and offering commissioned illustrations, which is a perfect way to capture your costumes on the night, and Jen’s Hotel will have a bar service available and there will be dancing and musical entertainment.”

The fair will run from 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday, with tickets only available online for pre-purchase through www.fantasymedievalfair.com or visit fantasymedievalfair on social media.

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