Kingdom of Osgoode Medieval Festival 2010

Kingdom of Osgoode Medieval Festival 2010

Once upon a time in the Kingdom of Osgoode…knights in shining armour clashed on the jousting list, musicians played beautiful music for the twirling dancers  and the crowd was transported back in history to a faraway land .

Kingdom of Osgoode Medieval Festival 2010, Alimah Dancers

We were dazzled by a local belly dancing troupe, the Alimah Dancers.

Kingdom of Osgoode Medieval Festival 2010,Celtic Sea

Celtic Sea entertained the crowd with medieval inspired music.

Kingdom of Osgoode Medieval Festival 2010

The individual joust with lances was preceded by a practice tournament where the contestants played at quintain and rings.

Kingdom of Osgoode Medieval Festival 2010

The Knights of Valour put on a good show. It may not technically fit in with the history of Canada, but it sure is fun! The horses in the show are rescue horses.

Kingdom of Osgoode Medieval Festival 2010

In the UK,  jousting became a professional sport in 1972.

Modern day jousting or tilting has been kept alive by the International Jousting Association which has strict guidelines for the quality and authenticity of jousters’ armour & equipment, and has developed the use of breakable lance tips for safety.

Jousting under the International Jousting Association rules follows a points system where points are given for breaking the lance tip on the opposing knight’s shield.

Other forms of entertainment included archery, a very large chess game, shopping  for interesting medieval inspired items, blacksmithing… by the Lady Blacksmith… and people watching.

Kingdom of Osgoode Medieval Festival 2010

Kingdom of Osgoode Medieval Festival 2010

But for now… dreams of knights in shining armour and lovely ladies will have to wait until next summer when the kingdom comes back to life again.

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