Thursday, 11 August 2011 13:19

Brooks steps back in time for ye olde faire

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By Rose Sanchez — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Visitors to Brooks had a chance to turn back the clock and experience life as it was just prior to the 15th century at the annual Medieval Faire Aug. 6-7.

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Heavy combat demonstrations were fun for both spectators and the fighters taking part.

A stream of spectators, many dressed in medieval garb, strolled through the old rodeo grounds taking in the numerous sights and sounds.



There was an artisan and vendors market, where many of the items had a medieval flair. A story telling area featured numerous readings as well as puppet shows at various times through the Saturday and Sunday.


Demonstrators included a farrier shoeing a horse, a blacksmith bending and shaping metal and belly dancing. The Medicine Hat Medieval Society demonstrated heavy combat and rapier fighting while the Living Backwards Medieval Society also demonstrated its medieval prowess.


There were three hour-long sessions featuring jousting thanks to The Society of Tilt and Lance (STALC) to the delight of many spectators.


Other activities included highland dancing, sheep dog herding trials, a petting zoo, and a costume contest. A medieval feast took place the Saturday night.


Rowan Wolf Garlett was manning a table for the Dragon’s Own medieval entertainers group from Calgary (www.dragonsown.com). He was explaining some of the members’ armor and letting individuals try on helmets.


The group is for hire for weddings or other events, but ultimately enjoy any chance to dress medieval.


“It’s a lot of fun to hang out with other people who are interested in the same things as us,” says Deez Lees, event co-ordinator for the group. “We like any excuse to dress up.”
Spectators were also enjoying the event just as much as participants.
Evan Gauthier travelled from Medicine Hat with his family. He took a try at shooting a bow and arrow and said it was hard. This was the first time he had ever been at a medieval event.
“It’s neat,” he added.
Bryce Janke was demonstrating horseshoeing. The Brooks resident asked one of his clients, Wil Larochelle of Duchess, to bring one of his horses in for new shoes.
Janke has been a full-time farrier for the past four years and has clients throughout southeast Alberta.
“It’s always something I’ve been interested in,” said Janke about the work.

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Evan Gauthier, of Medicine Hat, takes aim at the target as he tries shooting a bow and arrow.

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