About Gumeracha Medieval Fair 2020
The fourteenth annual Gumeracha Medieval Fair will be held on the 2nd & 3rd May in the Federation Park from 10am-5pm on Saturday & 10am-4pm Sunday 2020. Once again, there will be another two days of medieval fun and excitement. This year, our resident Oracle has forecasted mostly fair weather and the event promises to be even bigger than the 16,000-strong crowd that came last year!
The King’s Horses Equestrian Group will be there to thrill the crowds again showing off their “Jousting and skill at arms”. In the combat arena the Knights and Vikings from the Medieval Re-enactment Groups will again bring out their swords in Tournaments (together with all sorts of “daring do”) attempting to defeat their opponents. Newcomers include Cossack dancers and 2 new groups of Knights. A special treat will be the opportunity to watch Theo and Kathy the Farriers as they “hot shoe” a beautiful Clydesdale horse each day. This year Jordan Steffans (the strongest man in Australia!) will be coming again as well.
The Viking encampments will again be huge this year with Re-enactors coming from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. They are always particularly interesting, demonstrating their craftwork skills and techniques of campfire cooking for the patrons as well as their fighting skills in the arena. The fast and furious Celts will again capture your attention with their sturdy hawthorn sticks and sword fighting skills. Phillipe the Juggler will be there, as well as Sally and all her rescued native animals from Wildwood Sanctuary. Of course, the tumbling Josh Croall is back, the Lancashire Witches and the Falconer! We even have our own Medieval Fairy!
Once again musicians from across the state will provide medieval folk music from many cultural backgrounds. We are also very excited that we will have the new stage area for the entertainment and a “Medieval Market”. The very popular “Merchants Lane” will also be offering a wide range of medieval-style crafts and activities. We have so many now they are spread over all the fairgrounds. The dedicated Children’s Area will again have Storytellers, Face Painters, a children’s Costume-maker, Native Animal Nursery and the very popular Punch and Judy show, as well as other wonderful stalls and activities to ensure there is something for the whole family to enjoy. The daily Costume Competition on the banks of Kenton Creek will cause a flurry of excitement for everyone!
More Food purveyors will again be following the medieval theme with sumptuous tastes to tempt the passer-by. Foods and beverages derived in the local Torrens Valley area, Wendy and David Cook of the Birdwood Wine & Cheese Centre will be there in the Tavern together with the famous “Mien Hosts” from the Lobethal Bierhaus serving their award-winning beers and the Thistle Meadery. On Saturday night, the Town Hall will be alive with Medieval Feasting and Entertainment- BYO drinks (perhaps from the selection found in the Tavern).
Across Kenton Creek in the Medieval Village visitors will find village blacksmiths and chain maille makers hard at work in the “smithy”. The village encapsulates what life was like in medieval times, as the Spinners, the Herbalist, Leather artisans, Calligraphers, the Cooper and several woodworkers ply their trade. Past the village, patrons will find the Medieval Archery ground where they can experience demonstrations with the famous English longbow. We’ll also have a Medieval Market nearby too!
All this historical fun is being put together with the co-operation of local community and service groups of the Torrens Valley. From the last Fair net profits of $26,000 were dispersed back into the various not-for-profit organisations by the Management Committee. This has become an exciting annual event which benefits the whole of the Gumeracha and Torrens Valley district.
Welcome to Country will be brought to us by Isabelle Campbell, Peramangk Custodian.
Visit- www.medievalsa.org for all events and details.
IMPORTANT ENTRY & TICKETING NOTES:
- All attendees require a valid ticket to gain entry to the Fair. Please print your ticket/s (or show them on your smartphone) and present them on arrival for scanning.
- Tickets are non-refundable but are transferable to other people.
- Family tickets provide entry for 2 Adults and 2 Children (aged 5 to 12 years).
- Children must be supervised at all times.
- 1 Day entry tickets provide single day entry on either Saturday or Sunday. 2 Day entry tickets provide entry (for the same attendee) to BOTH days of the Fair.
- No alcohol allowed at the Fair (however BYO alcohol is allowed at the Saturday night Medieval Feast)
- Swords and other weapons carried by the public need to be peace bound at all times.
- Permission must be sought when taking photographs of others.