Last weekend, the ninth annual mediaeval fair of my municipality took place – do excuse that I don’t name it, but it is a rather small one. The fair goes along with it – it is small but cute and makes for a very enjoyable lazy Sunday.
I visit it whenever I can. It’s funny how it is always the same space, the same merchants, pretty much the same attractions, and yet there is always something new: last year, they extended the street where the tourney takes place as to include more places for eating, and this year they somehow squeezed in a tent with some farm animals for the kids.
There was only year I got to see the tourney at night and it was magnificent to watch the white horses jumping over fire… Yet I prefer to go during the daytime to take some shots. Considering I am not a pro, all help is welcome! Now, I’ve made a mosaic with my absolute favourite photos from yesterday and some details as well.
It must be a lot of hard work for the guys who learn the combat choreographs, the ones in charge of costumes and props, the historians that come up with a theme of our rich History to give the show a setting… But oh, it must be so enticingly romantic to live History so lively! Even the idea of travelling the country and sleeping in tents like some kind of nomadic knights-turned-circus-artists seems charming to me.
Indeed, there was one year the opportunity of dressing in full costume and participating the fair as a lesser actress presented itself to me, but alas, the fair always takes place near finals… Maybe one day.
Like I said, our fair is a rather small one. There’s entertainment, eating and drinking, and our municipality does have a medieaval History that allows the association who organizes the event to take a specific moment from it and build a celebration around it… But the main village changed a lot since the Middle Ages and it has become just one part of the municipality. It is much different from places like Óbidos, where a castle pleases both hopeless History buffs and simpler-minded folks who’re just looking for some pints and sword fights; and it gives a scenario-quality to the town, which invests a good deal or recreating a matching marketplace and other locations.
I would love to attend a bigger fair in the future and being a mighty warrior-fairy-princess one day… That is pretty much my idea of a dream date.