Vis­i­tors take to medieval theme with en­thu­si­asm

Narrogin Observer - - News - Michael Traill

Bod­ding­ton Lions Rodeo Com­plex was turned into a medieval fayre and feast on the last Satur­day of May.

Knights, dames, damsels and jesters from WA’s live­ac­tion role-play com­mu­nity were out in full force, with cus­tom-made suits of ar­mour worth up to $10,000 on dis­play.

Role play, sword fight­ing, archery and cat­a­pult de­mon­stra­tions were just some of the events on of­fer for en­ter­tain­ment.

“All events were held at the Bod­ding­ton Lions Rodeo Grounds, a won­der­ful pur­pose-built area, that suited the fayre and fes­ti­val down to a tee with its rus­tic ex­te­rior and over­head vines,” John Aller, the event’s me­dia of­fi­cer, said.

“One of the most en­cour­ag­ing as­pects was the amount of ef­fort that went into the vis­i­tors’ cos­tumes. Nearly every­one was dressed in some of the most elab­o­rate and cre­ative out­fits one could imag­ine”.

The West Aus­tralian Berserk­ers, an or­gan­ised ar­moured com­bat team who com­pete in live sword and ar­moured fight­ing com­pe­ti­tions na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally, were also in at­ten­dance.

There were more than 250 guests who all con­trib­uted to the medieval-themed event in their own way.

Stalls in­cluded work­ing black­smiths, who demon­strated sword, ar­mour and medieval weapon mak­ing, leather goods, wood craft­ing, henna writ­ing and the Jar­rah Celts Band.

The prof­its from the event were do­nated to the Bod­ding­ton Hos­pi­tal, to help con­trib­ute to­wards a com­mu­nity bus for se­nior cit­i­zens.

Dubbed a suc­cess by organisers, the event will now be held an­nu­ally.

Pic­ture: West Aus­tralian Berserk­ers

Some of the Berserk­ers be­fore bat­tle.

Pic­tures: J & M Pho­tog­ra­phy

Guests were in theme.

West Aus­tralian Berserk­ers in com­bat.

Some of the cus­tom-made suits of ar­mour were worth up to $10,000.

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