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Jousters clash in desert

Colton Davies

It’s the closest any of us will be to life in the Middle Ages.

The third annual Osoyoos Medieval Faire is taking place this weekend at Desert Park, giving the public a chance to take in a medieval atmosphere and watch jousters clash.

And the knights in shining armour on horseback are doing it the same way it was done in medieval times.

"It is real. You know, I first thought maybe it was a bit phoney, maybe these are knights in fibreglass outfits. But no, they're custom-made steel. The guys really are daredevils," Bruce Fuller says, president of the Desert Park Exhibition Society which hosts the event.

In its short-lived history, Fuller says the medieval faire in Osoyoos has grown in popularity each year.

Fuller says he’s talked to people in attendance from throughout the Okanagan, the Lower Mainland and Alberta. He says it’s the only faire of its kind in western Canada.

Fitting, Fuller adds, that this year's event is taking place the same weekend as the Royal Wedding.

"They're showing all the castles on television and it goes back to those kind of ages, those times. Those castles were built at this [medieval] time.

"It's kind of neat, it's a peek into the past for sure."

The faire concludes on Sunday, running from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with tickets available for $25 at the gate or $20 online here. Proceeds from the event go to the non-profit Desert Park Exhibition Society.



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