So, they came and enjoyed the 10th Gumeracha Medieval Fair!
The tenth annual Gumeracha Medieval Fair was held again on the 7th & 8th May in the lovely Federation Park. Again, there was the promise of another two days of medieval fun and excitement. And wow! Did it happen? Yes! The crowds came in their thousands (especially on the Saturday) and we estimate that the total number has reached over the 15,000 mark for the entire weekend.
The King’s Horses Equestrian Group was one of the main attractions, showing off their “Jousting skill at arms” and the Knights and Vikings from local and interstate Medieval Re-enactment Groups were going at it in the Combat Arena with increased vigour this year. We were also entranced with the performances by the Saffron Tribal Belly Dancers and the skill of the Non-Stop Tricks team of juggling and tumbling display.
The Viking encampments were full of the demonstrations of cooking and craftwork that was done in those early Iron Age days and patrons were able to wander through the village and see the demonstrations close up for themselves. This year Re-enactors came to Gumeracha from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
The fast and furious Border Celts with their sturdy hawthorn sticks contrast with the graceful girls of the Gawler Irish Dancing Club, the Lancashire Witches!
Once again musicians from across the state came to provide medieval folk music from many cultural backgrounds. We were also very excited that Siobhan Owen the harpist had joined us again this year fresh from touring in Europe. The very popular “Merchants Lane” was also 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 had the Storytellers, Face painters, a children’s Costume-maker, wooden Sword-making and Juggling Workshops, as well as the Native Animal Nursery and the popular Punch and Judy show to ensure there was a lot for the whole family to enjoy. The daily Costume Competition on the banks of Kenton Creek was extremely popular once again!
More Food Merchants were again following the medieval theme with sumptuous tastes to tempt the passer-by. With foods and beverages derived in the local Torrens Valley area, Wendy and David Cook of the Birdwood Wine & Cheese Centre was there near the new Entertainer’s stage in the Tavern together with the famous “Mien Hosts” from the Lobethal Bierhaus serving their award winning beers and the new Thistle Meadery serving a grand array of special flavours.
On Saturday night the Town Hall was alive with medieval feasting and BYO drinks (perhaps from the selection found in the Tavern) and lots of entertainment as well with “a little touch of Magic”.
Across Kenton Creek in the Medieval Village visitors saw the 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, Felt-makers, Calligraphers, the Instrument maker, the Cooper and several woodworkers ply their trade. We were also able to catch up with “Wizzy Woo the Wonder Wombat” and her friends as well. Past the village, patrons wandered down to find the Medieval Archery ground where they saw demonstrations with the famous English longbow. We also had a Medieval Market nearby too!
All this historical fun was being put together with the co-operation of local community and service groups of the Torrens Valley. From the last Fair net profits of $20,000 were dispersed back into the local community 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 was be brought to us by Isabelle Campbell, Peramangk Custodian
Dress up and come and join us NEXT YEAR on the 6th and 7th of May 2017!
Open times are 10 am – 5pm Sat and 10am – 4pm Sun