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November 23, 2017

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Boulder City goes medieval at annual Renaissance Faire


Richard Brian

Keith Wethall, right, and Stacy Diegel battle Friday in a friendly rapier-sword fight during the Renaissance Faire at Veterans Memorial Park. The event runs through Sunday.

Renaissance Fair

Steve Baer, right, and Nathanial Davidson set off black powder cannons during the Renaissance Faire at Veterans Memorial Park on Friday. The event runs through Sunday. Launch slideshow »

Veterans Memorial Park is transformed into a simpler world through Sunday for the fourth annual Boulder City Renaissance Faire.

For the weekend, the park has been transformed into a medieval grove where people sip on mead instead of Chardonnay, wear tight-laced corsets, make music on the lute and cross swords. For a split second, the blast of a cannon might transport visitors back to the Middle Ages, only to be brought back by the wailing of car alarms it triggers.

Boulder City High School’s Future Business Leaders of America club and the Chamber of Commerce paired to put on the festival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

The high school club was hosting mock marriage ceremonies to fund the school’s yearbook, FBLA member Shelby Gebhart said.

Jousting matches take center stage through the weekend.

Craig King, a member of the Empire of Chivalry and Steel, a local Renaissance reenactment group, showed of his rapiers, maces and chain mail.

Paul Acker, another member, said dueling with the medieval-style weapons is an exercise in history.

“It brings history that much closer,” he said. “You start understanding why people acted and fought the way they did.”

On Sunday from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., Las Vegas band Killian’s Angels will perform. Face-painting, hair braiding and life-sized chess are on tap all weekend.

On Sunday from noon to 1 p.m., the Boulder City High School Thespians perform.

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