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Blacktown City Council "Media Release"- Medieval Fayre Draws Record Crowd
22 May 2017
Medieval Fayre draws record crowd
The Blacktown City Medieval Fayre enjoyed the biggest one-day crowd in its 12-year history on Sunday.
“Blacktown’s first Medieval Fayre was held in 2005 and attracted 5,000 people over two days,” said Mayor of Blacktown City Stephen Bali.
“This year, 60,000 turned out for our Game of Thrones style event.
“While the wet weather kept some people away on Saturday, a record 45,000 came through Nurragingy Reserve on sunny Sunday – the biggest one-day crowd the Fayre has ever had.”
This free, two day extravaganza showcased all things medieval, including combat displays, live musicians, colourful pavilions and a working blacksmiths hut.
“The International Jousting Competition was once again the highlight of the event, with riders from Australia, USA and England all seeking to claim the prestigious title,” said Mayor Bali.
“It was thrilling to watch as fully armoured knights on horseback thundered towards each other with their lances aimed high, attempting to unseat each other.”
The Feathered Friends show featuring impressive birds of prey including eagles, hawks and owls was also a drawcard, Mayor Bali said.
The Medieval Fayre kicked off the Blacktown City Festival for 2017, a week-long festival from 20-27 May featuring kids’ concerts, ice skating on the Village Green, stand-up comics, and a dessert festival in the Civic Plaza.
It all comes to a spectacular close at the Streets Alive and Parade Day in Blacktown CBD on Saturday 27 May.
The day will include all the old favourites – amusement rides, the street parade and market stalls – plus exciting new additions – the world famous Wiggles performing on the main stage.