Days of Knights: A Medieval Experience

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The event “Days of Knights – A Medieval Experience” is set for the new Sky Trail Park at Cove Spring beginning Friday and continuing through next Sunday, sponsored by the Frankfort Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites. The event, which is free, will allow participants to take a “… short walk into the Middle Ages” and focus attention on the park’s new archery facilities.

Sky Trail Park is on Peaks Mill Road off US 127 North (Owenton Road) just north of town.

Days of Knights will feature medieval-style archery competitions using longbows and crossbows. There will be demonstrations of these weapons, showing their strengths and weaknesses and stressing their effects on armor.

The centerpiece of the weekend will be a time-line living history encampment. This will show the evolution of costume, accommodations, and weapons through the medieval period from around 1000-1600 A.D.

Historical accuracy will be stressed. Expect to see properly costumed and equipped knights, ladies, serfs, archers, monks, and other medieval personalities – but no Tolkien or Harry Potter characters, wizards or pirates.

There will be lectures about the roles of women and religion in medieval society as well as other topics not often considered. Event managers will present jousting and dismounted combat on the event’s spacious “Field of Mars” demonstration field. School groups and home school students are especially welcome, and there will be special tours for them on Friday.

Admission to this event is free, and there are no charges to participants. See a complete schedule of events elsewhere here today.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, Oct. 12

10 a.m. and 3 p.m.: Round-robin school tours

2 p.m.: Jousting demonstration

Saturday, Oct. 13

8 a.m.: Registration tent open for participant check-in (remains open until 1).

10-noon: Time-Line encampment open to general public.

10-noon: Archery competition first round at the archery range or other designated site.

1 p.m.: Trebuchet demonstrations begin (continue periodically until 6). Courtesy of the Virginia Military Institute.

1:30: Projectile weapons demonstration (longbow, crossbow, hand cannon, arquebus). At the archery range.

2: Jousting demonstration presented by Castle Keep Productions. Funded by Frankfort/Franklin County Tourism Commission.

3: Hand-to-hand combat demonstration.

4: “Women in the Middle Ages” presentation by Dr. Elizabeth Perkins, Centre College at the Great Hall Pavilion.

5: Edged weapons demonstration (sword, axe, polearms, etc.).

6: Site closes to the public.

Sunday, Oct. 14

8 a.m.: Church, site open to general public.

9: “How I Became an Irish Galloglass” presentation with Scott Cross. At the Great Hall Pavilion.

10-11: Archery competition second round at the archery range or other designated site.

11-2: Periodic trebuchet demonstrations, courtesy of the Virginia Military Institute.

11:30: Projectile weapons demonstration at the archery range.

Noon-1: Hand-to-hand combat demonstration.

1: “Women in the Middle Ages” presentation by Dr. Elizabeth Perkins, Centre College, at the Great Hall Pavilion.

Noon-2: Time-line encampment open.

1:30: Edged weapons demonstration.

2: Jousting demonstration presented by Castle Keep Productions. Funded by Frankfort/Franklin County Tourism Commission.

3: Presentation of awards and closing ceremony at the Great Hall Pavilion

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