Wanaka Medieval Festival

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Knights and knaves, maidens and minstrels gathered on Saturday for a Medieval Festival organised by Wanaka’s Holy Family Catholic School. The event included maypole dancing, sword fighting, archery and a medieval Punch and Judy show.

It was fine and hot for the festival, which had been postponed in November because of bad weather. The event was designed to raise money for school facilities while providing an afternoon of entertainment which included sword fighting, dancing, spinning, weaving, a puppet show and a wide range of other Medieval pasttimes.

Many of the re-enactments were imported from Dunedin, including the dancing Le Belles Verlaines and the Medieval and Rennaisance Society, and from Invercargill where the knights in armour originated.

Reporter Mark Price went back in time to join the fun.