For me, the highlight of the Faire was the jousting performance put on by DeBracey Productions.
They started off by introducing the knights. The audience was divided into four sections, each color representing the knight you would be cheering for. I was in the orange section, and our knight was Lord Balthazar.
Of course I had to get some horse and tack photos…!
He was followed by the Shieldmaiden Theodora, who instantly reminded me of Keladry from Tamora Pierce’s “Protector of the Small” series. I mean, she even had an owl on her blue shield. 😄
Ser Keegan O’Connor rode out next…
And last but not least, Sir William DeBracey!
They started with a contest in catching rings on their lances. Each rider would charge across the arena as a ring was tossed into the air.
Watching the action… or not… 😴
They increased the number of rings to two…
Smaller rings were tossed up next. Balthazar kept missing the large rings but caught the small one like it was nothing. 😄
For the next challenge, each rider was given a sword.
They raced down the arena, striking wood blocks off of posts.
The sword was exchanged for a spear as they quickly turned around. Another ring was tossed up…
And the spear was stabbed into another sack.
Whoever did this fastest/most accurately was the winner. 🙂
Jousting was next!