Today I traveled to the Black Rock Medieval Summerfest and had the pleasure of my first Renaissance Festival.
Watching belly dancers and moving, living statues was fun but the most unusual event included watching a knight in shining armor charge forth to slice in half a zucchini that was balanced on another man’s head. Perhaps not the noble act of valor compared to the legends who fought Dragons and other creatures of myth, but I was impressed. Though, in retrospect, I think I would pass on a dinner invitation in the Full Metal Jouster’s camp if that is how they prepare their dinner.
After the Kitchen Caballero’s performance things got more serious and the History Channel’s Full Metal Jousters demonstrated the true art and sport of jousting. To start things off, the Master Jouster, Shane Adams addressed the crowd to introduce The Joust.
The metal clad horsemen charged one another breaking lances against each others armor and in the end the battle was one when one of the jousters was unseated.
After the joust I asked Mr. Adams if I could have an interview with them and he assigned the task to John Stikes and James Fairclough. James and John were both among the top 16 jousters that were chosen to train and compete in The History Channel’s Full Metal Jousting.
It was a pleasure to interview these two amazing and gutsy athletes and I hope you enjoy the interviews as much as I did making them.
For more photos from the Black Rock Medieval Summerfest check out the Weird Review photo gallery!