Medieval combat coming to LC Fairgrounds

Medieval warfare reenactments are only part of what the Shire of Falcon’s Quarry has planned for Wellington.

The group’s members will be decked out Saturday in coats of mail, swords, and crest-emblazoned shields at the Lorain County Fairgrounds, where they will play out scenes hearkening back to pre-17th century Europe — days of kings and queens, knights and maidens, and glorious battle.

The Shire is Lorain County’s chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism, an international organization with more than 30,000 members who research and recreate ancient Western tournaments, dancing, royal courts, and more.

It’s not a show, but an experience.

“We are a participatory group unlike a renaissance fair where the public can buy tickets and just come in and wander around,” said event manager Erin Potter. “We do ask that everybody who is in attendance at our event make an attempt at pre-17th century clothing.”

The group provides clothing for people who don’t have any so they can be a part of the experience instead of just watching, Potter said.

This particular event features martial arts, archery, and display tables where participants can create their own art or science project from bygone eras.

“Martial arts include what we call armored combat — where our fighters use weapons made of rattan, which is a solid core bamboo — in actual combat scenarios,” Potter said. “And then we also have rapier combat in which our participants use rapiers that are blunted for safety.”

Potter is expecting a slightly larger turnout than in past years.

“Something that is different for us this year is that our new prince and princess will be in attendance,” she said. “And this is only the second time in 17 years that we’ll have our royalty at the event.”

Prince Nikolai and Princess Serena won the crown tournament about four weeks ago.

The highlight of the event, Potter said, will be at the end of the day with the “Brawl at the Crooked Dragon Tavern.”

Combatants imagine a scenario in which everyone sneaks disguised weapons into a pub, then unleash them in a schtick-filled battle.

At the end of the brawl, the Shire of Falcon’s Quarry will give out awards such as “Best Death” and “Most Treacherous Death.”

“It’s a little bit different than your straight-ahead type of tournament,” Potter said. “It gives them the opportunity to have a little fun.”

Kelsey Leyva can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @TWE_KelseyLeyva on Twitter.