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Fairplay Days fans come not just for the jousting

August 20, 2006|by TARA REILLY

FAIRPLAY - While there were cheers for the jousting tournament, there were just as many cheers for the food Saturday in Fairplay.

The sporting event and food were part of the District 12 Ruritan Club's Fairplay Days at Tilghmanton Woods Community Park.

Fairplay Days continues today from 10 a.m. to 5 or 5:30 p.m., club President Greg Culler said.

The jousting tournament starts about noon, he said.

Spectators sat in lawn chairs along the jousting track to watch riders charge on their horses, lances pointing forward, in attempts to spear small rings hanging overhead.

Others gathered around the kitchen and sat at picnic tables to eat what was on the menu - barbecue chicken, baked beans, steamers, country ham, chicken corn soup, bean soup and other items.


Several people could be heard talking about the club's slippery potpie, which wasn't on the weekend's menu, but is sold at the park several times a year.

Arts and crafts vendors also had displays set up at the event.

Culler said Fairplay Days is a club fundraiser that has been held for more than 30 years.

Jousting has been part of the event for about as long, he said.

The park had been used for jousting in the 1930s, and when the Ruritan Club bought it in the 1960s, he said the club returned jousting to the park.

Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, who attended the event, praised jousting as being a great sport.

"As long as I'm in the House of Delegates, jousting will continue to be Maryland's state sport," Shank said, causing jousting fans to cheer.

Culler said he encouraged people to attend today's event.

"Come down. It's a beautiful day. See the jousting competition," he said. "Spend the day. We have plenty of good food."

That's exactly what J. Quentin and Ruby Roessner had in mind.

The Roessners, who live near Williamsport, said they enjoy Fairplay Days for the activities and food. And, they joked, it gives Ruby Roessner a break from cooking.

"It makes a nice afternoon out, and we enjoy the barbecue chicken," J. Quentin Roessner said.

If you go

What: Fairplay Days

When: Today, noon to 5 or 5:30 p.m.

Where: Tilghmanton Woods Community Park, Manor Church Road, Fairplay

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