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A jousting good time

Jousters at Fairplay Days honor a 19th-century tradition

Jousters at Fairplay Days honor a 19th-century tradition

August 17, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

FAIRPLAY - There will be no dueling knights with their lances pointing forward, each charging toward the other as though they are playing a medieval game of chicken.

"If anybody comes at me like that I'm going to get out of the way," said Sandy Izer, of man-to-man jousting. Izer is the jousting coordinator for Fairplay Days.

Jousters at this year's Fairplay Days - Saturday, Aug. 19, and Sunday, Aug. 20, at the Old Tilghmanton Tournament Grounds - are honoring the tradition of the 19th century's chivalrous Southern men, Izer said.

Ring jousting became popular in the Southern states in the 1800s, Izer said. The object is to spear dangling rings with a lance while traveling at a full gallop.

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Five levels of competition, Izer said, are open to anyone who brings a horse and some courage. There will be a clinic for rookie jousters and first-timers Saturday morning. Competitions are held both days, Izer said. Those interested in competing can sign up the day of the event. There also will be food and craft vendors.




If you go ...



WHAT: Fairplay Days

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 19, and Sunday, Aug. 20. Competition starts at noon and wraps up at about 5 p.m. each day. There will be a jousting clinic at 10 a.m. Saturday; those interested must bring their own horses.

WHERE: Old Tilghmanton Tournament Grounds, near the intersection of Breathedsville and Manor Church roads, Fairplay

ADMISSION: Free

MORE: For more information, call the District 12 Ruritan Club at 301-582-1005.

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