Today was the last day of the season for the stellar Maryland Rennaissance Festival. More fondly known as the Renn Fest, people near and far gather at Revel Grove each weekend for nine weeks to enjoy the celebration.
The highlight of this weekend is their Jousting Competition, where jousters from around the country join the Free Lancers Jousting Company in a number of jousting challenges.
With great fanfare, ten knights on horseback garbed in full armor and bright colors lined up in formal ceremony to begin the event.
In the jousting world “Injuries in jousting are extremely rare. Bumps, bruises, cuts, contusions, strains, sprains, and minor breaks do not count as injuries.”
A full contact sport, with moving animals, long spears and tough armor this is the game of champions. So, let the games begin!
Getting geared up with lance in hand, the knights start on opposing sides of a lane and gallop towards each other.
Sometimes they miss, sometimes the impact is strong enough for the lance to break.
Such bravery, such strength, such noble creatures and honorable knights.
Oh to have a shining Knight in Armor on a white steed.