Medieval Faire offers lots to see and do, but flood news and...

Medieval Faire offers lots to see and do, but flood news and weather result in smaller crowds

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Salvo Manfredi (left), from Sicily, Italy, faces Sir Ripper Moore, from Oregan, in a late afternoon joust Saturday. Manfredi was riding Albert, a horse new to jousting before an audience, and Albert was a bit nervous. Moore rode Ice, a well-behaved horse. (Richard McGuire photo)

By Richard McGuire

Special to the Times

While crowds may have been down, likely due in part to attention given to the floods and a rainy Saturday morning, those who turned out for Osoyoos Medieval Faire on the weekend had lots to see and do.

Bobbie Fischer, volunteer organizer of the event  for Desert Park Exhibition Society, said attendance was estimated at 1,330 – down from 1,500 last year.

But the enhanced activities were well received, she said.

“Bands, professional sound and elevated stage raised the bar for music and belly dancing this year,” said Fischer. “And of course our MC Tom Shields glued it all together.”

The Axe Monkeys, Jump’n’Jax inflatables and mechanical bull riding were busy both days, she said. Bryce Beckett was surrounded by children eager to learn stilt walking, juggling and tight rope walking. Face painting was always popular. Sunshine Riding’s saddling paddock was slow until rain ended and then was busy. And the jousting thrilled the crowds with quality hits and games of skill.

Watch videos of this event:

Keisha McLean shakes her belly as she performs with Penticton’s Boundless Belly Dance at Osoyoos Medieval Faire on Saturday. (Richard McGuire photo)
The dancers from Penticton’s Boundless Belly Dance did a routine with swords during a performance Saturday at Osoyoos Medieval Faire. From left are Susan Mackney, Keisha McLean and Tiana Savoie. (Richard McGuire photo)

 

Heather Gordon, of Kelowna-based Cosmic CoMotion, performs a fire dance Friday evening at the Osoyoos Medieval Faire. (Richard McGuire photo)
Heather Gordon, of Kelowna-based Cosmic CoMotion, performs a fire dance Friday evening at the Osoyoos Medieval Faire. (Richard McGuire photo)
Stephane Tremblay (left) and Sir Ripper Moore face send tips of lances flying as they strike each other in Saturday’s early joust. It was raining, but it cleared up later. (Richard McGuire photo)
Female knights Caroline LaBrie (left) and Radar Goddard ride together after the noon joust on Saturday. Goddard is the captain of the Society of Tilt and Lance Cavalry. Her horse Diego wasn’t in the mood for a joust, so she sat this one out. (Richard McGuire photo)
Sir Ripper Moore (left) and Stephane Tremblay send tips of lances flying as they strike each other in Saturday’s late afternoon joust.(Richard McGuire photo)
Eliot and Miranda Williams of Summerland were well dressed on Saturday for the Osoyoos Medieval Faire. (Richard McGuire photo)
Danielle Fekete, of Surrey, wore a hat that she said was the skull of a baby dragon. She was selling leather crafts at her Lizard’s Lair booth at Osoyoos Medieval Faire. (Richard McGuire photo)
Selah Paquette and Heather Gordon, of Kelowna-based Cosmic CoMotion, perform a joint acrobatic number on Friday evening at the Osoyoos Medieval Faire. (Richard McGuire photo)
Bryan Fitzpatrick, of Summerland, was wearing footman’s armour at Osoyoos Medieval Faire. He doesn’t use a horse when he goes into battle. (Richard McGuire photo)

 

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