The 2015 Gumeracha Medieval Fair has exceeded all our expectations!
Held on the 2nd & 3rd May in the beautiful Federation Park in Gumeracha. Over 11,000 came over the two days with over half of them dressed in medieval “garb”. Lots of fun and excitement for everyone. This year the weather was perfect, sunny without being too hot.
The Combat Arena was a hive of activity and our resident Earl and his good lady were very impressed with the bravery and skill of the knights and Viking swords men (and women). The Medieval Archers, too, were very busy this year with moving targets and the “popinjay” target up in the trees.
The solid wooden Trebuchet and the Moat Perrier (Medieval Slingshots) were there to thrill the crowds as well as the King’s Horses Equestrian Group showing off their “skill at arms” and a demonstration of how to “arm” the Knight and his horse.
Viking encampments are always particularly interesting, showing the visitors their craftwork and techniques of campfire cooking. The fast and furious Border Celts with their sturdy hawthorn sticks contrast with the graceful girls of the Gawler Irish Dancing Club and Scott’s Highland Dancers.
Once again musicians and entertainers from across the state including “The Tamarisque Trio” came to provide medieval folk music from many cultural backgrounds.
In the very popular “Merchants Lane” were a wide range of medieval-style crafts and activities and the dedicated children’s area had Storytellers, Face painters, a children’s Costume-maker, wooden Sword-making Workshops, as well as the Native Animal Nursery and the popular Punch and Judy show is a lot for the whole family to enjoy. The Costume Competitions were so very busy this year!
Across Kenton Creek in the Medieval Village visitors found many more artisans clustered around the village blacksmith hard at work in the “smithy”. The village encapsulates what life was like in medieval times, as the Spinners, the Herbalist, Dulcimer-makers, calligraphers, costumiers, the Cooper and Bowyer and several woodworkers ply their trade. The new Medieval Market nearby too!
More Food purveyors were again 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 were 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 mead. On Saturday night the Town Hall was alive with medieval feasting.
A Viking Wedding – took place on the Sunday afternoon to much acclaim and the happy couple were seen moving down towards the Kenton Creek where the Viking longboat was waiting. All this historical fun is being put together with the co-operation of local community and service groups of the Torrens Valley. From the Fair net profits of $20,000 were dispersed back into the local community Volunteer Groups by the Management Committee. This has become an exciting annual event which benefits the whole of the Gumeracha and Torrens Valley district.
See you there for the next Fair on the 7th and 8th of May 2016
Open times are 10 am – 5pm Sat and 10am – 4pm Sun