Gumeracha Medieval Fair 2019
The twelfth annual Gumeracha Medieval Fair will be held on the 4 & 5 May in Federation Park from 10am-5pm on Saturday & 10am-4pm Sunday 2019.
Once again, there will be another two days of medieval fun and excitement. This year, the resident Oracle has forecasted mostly fair weather and the event promises to be even bigger. Last year, 14,000 people attended.
The King’s Horses Equestrian Group will be there to thrill the crowds again showing off their “Jousting and skill at arms”. In the combat arena, the Knights and Vikings from the Medieval Re-enactment Groups will again bring out their swords in Tournaments (together with all sorts of “daring do”) attempting to defeat their opponents. Newcomers include Cossack dancers and Ninja warriors. A special treat will be the opportunity to watch Theo and Kathy the Farriers as they “hot shoe” a beautiful Clydesdale horse each day. This year, Jordan Steffans (the strongest man in Australia) will be appearing as well.
The Viking encampments will again be huge with Re-enactors coming from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. They are particularly interesting, demonstrating their craftwork skills and techniques of campfire cooking for the patrons as well as their fighting skills in the arena. The fast and furious Border Celts with their sturdy hawthorn sticks contrast with the graceful girls of the Irish Dancers. Phillipe the Juggler will be there, Sally with all her rescued native animals, and her friends from Wildwood Sanctuary and of course the tumbling Josh Croall is back. The Lancashire Witches, and the Falconer will also be present and there will even be a Medieval Fairy.
Musicians from across the state will provide medieval folk music from many cultural backgrounds. There will also be a new stage area for the entertainment – “Medieval Market”. The very popular “Merchants Lane” will also be offering a wide range of medieval-style crafts and activities.
Across Kenton Creek in the Medieval Village, visitors will find village blacksmiths and chain maille makers hard at work in the “smithy”. The village encapsulates what life was like in medieval times, as the Spinners, the Herbalist, Leather artisans, Calligraphers, the Cooper and several woodworkers ply their trade. Past the village, patrons will find the Medieval Archery ground where they can experience demonstrations with the famous English longbow. There’ll be a Medieval Market nearby too.
The dedicated children’s area will again have Storytellers, Face painters, a children’s Costume-maker, as well as the Native Animal Nursery and the popular Punch and Judy show to ensure there is a lot for the whole family to enjoy. The daily Costume Competition on the banks of Kenton Creek will also cause a flurry of excitement.
Food purveyors will be 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 will be there in the Tavern together with the famous “Mien Hosts” from the Lobethal Bierhaus serving their award-winning beers and the Thistle Meadery. On Saturday night the Town Hall will be alive with medieval feasting and BYO drinks (perhaps from the selection found in the Tavern) and lots of entertainment as well.
All this historical fun is being put together with the co-operation of local community and service groups of the Torrens Valley. From the last Fair, net profits of $26,000 were dispersed back into the various not-for-profit organisations by the Management Committee. This has become an exciting annual event which benefits the whole of the Gumeracha and Torrens Valley district.
Welcome to Country will be presented by Isabelle Campbell, Peramangk Custodian.
Ticket pricing is for online pre-sales:
- 1 Day – Adult | $17.00
- 1 Day – Concession/Student | $12.00
- 1 Day – Family (2 Adults, 2 Children) | $40.00
- 1 Day – Child (5 – 12yrs) | $8.00
- 2 Days – Adult | $33.00
- 2 Days – Concession/Student | $18
- 2 Days – Family (2 Adults, 2 Children) | $60
- 2 Days – Child (5 – 12yrs) | $8
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Medieval SA website or Gumeracha Medieval Fair Facebook page.
What: Gumeracha Medieval Fair 2019
When: Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 May 2019 | 10am – 5pm Sat & 10am – 4pm Sun
Where: Federation Park | Albert Street, Gumeracha
Who: All Ages
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Image Source: Medieval SA website & Facebook
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