Waterloo’s 19th Annual Royal Medieval Faire

I had the privilege to photograph Waterloo’s 19th Annual Royal Medieval Faire in September.  Rain didn’t dampen the volunteers spirits to put on an amazing show.  Next year’s 20th festival is bound to be something special!

 

Backyard Tourist: Waterloo’s Royal Medieval Faire

Waterloo’s 18th Royal Medieval Faire celebrates everything from the middle ages – knights, queens and kings, and even pirates!  Over 150 actors, performers and volunteers spend a multitude of months to hold a spectacular day of family fun.  If you’ve never attended this annual event you are missing a treat and I would dare say it’s one of those rare city events that makes the KW region a great place to live in.  This event is so popular that Waterloo’s reigning mayor got into character to open the festivities.

Waterloo's own Mayor Dave Jaworsky opens the 18th Annual Royal Medieval Faire.

Waterloo’s own Mayor Dave Jaworsky opens the 18th Annual Royal Medieval Faire.

Getting in the spirit of the election year, festival goers were treated to skits surrounding the election of the new “Pirate King”; debates were held and champions were chosen through combat.  In some ways I wish elections were always this entertaining as King Bertram’s promise of an endless supply of catfish is more believable than many of the promises being made by political leaders.

Waterloo, Ontario's annual festival celebrating swords play, costumes, food and music.
Waterloo, Ontario’s annual festival celebrating swords play, costumes, food and music.

Besides watching sword play there was plenty of things for the kids.  From firing giant crossbows, bow and arrows to miniature catapults there isn’t a moment where those young at heart had something to keep them entertained for the day.

This year Torvik, a Viking re-enactment and educational group made an appearance.  Not only were crowds entertained with realistic combat they also got a glimpse of how rough Norse life could be.

Swords, pirates, Vikings, food music… there’s really something for everyone at this festival.  So if there is one event that you need to add to your list for 2016, make it the Royal Medieval Faire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015 Royal Medieval Faire Preview

Waterloo’s annual Royal Medieval Faire is happening September 19, 2015 at Waterloo Park!  This event has something for the whole family to enjoy – food, music, costumes, activities and of course people swinging swords (real metal ones)!  I have the privilege of taking photos of this year’s festivities and managed to attend one of the last remaining rehearsals before weekend.

Practicing for the 2015 Royal Medieval Faire in Waterloo.
Practicing for the 2015 Royal Medieval Faire in Waterloo.

These actors and professionals make swinging swords, axes and staves easy, but don’t be fooled!  It takes a lot of skill and practice to do it safely. Many of them have been honing their craft for years on stage and donate their time to make the Royal Medieval Faire a success.  With this year’s festival being held on “Talk like a Pirate” day, you’ll need to come out and help determine who will be crowned the new Pirate King!

If the rehearsal is any indication, this year’s festival is going to be a great one – more photos to come next weekend!

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