First ever Medieval Festival moves into Eastern Ontario June 13 to 15



    Massive 10 acre event features amazing array of entertainment

    OTTAWA, June 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Step back a thousand years to the majestic
and chivalrous middle ages at Upper Canada Village's Medieval Festival, the
first event of its kind in Eastern Ontario, running for three days only -
Friday to Sunday, June 13 to 15. This spectacular event features a full array
of entertainment designed to amaze and dazzle all ages in a recreated medieval
encampment encompassing 10 acres in Morrisburg, just an hour south of Ottawa.
    Guests can go back to a time when wizards conjured secret spells, falcons
hunted for their masters, warfare was conducted with trebuchets, and knights
jousted on horseback to win royal favour. Join in the fun and come dressed in
medieval garb to blend in with the folk on the shire. Along with the jousting
tournaments with knights on horseback and trebuchet demonstrations, five
stages will feature continuous entertainment: falconry shows, jugglers,
jesters, magicians, musicians, gypsies, comedians, dancers, and even belly
dancers. See the Ottawa Sword Guild, our very own Wizard, the Knotty Knickers,
Zoltan the Adequate, the Knot Brothers, Pester the Jester, Captain Jack
Sparrow. Enjoy medieval guitar, bagpipe, and harp music that will all add to
the faire atmosphere. Medieval kids games, story-telling, artisans, a medieval
marketplace, and the Bow & Arrow food tent and pub round out the daily
activities. Children will even have the chance to be knighted.
    A special feature of the Festival is the Knights of Valour, long renowned
for their exciting shows of horsemanship, who will perform two action-packed
shows per day (one heavy armour joust and one light) in a style worthy of
Kings! As well, the Canadian Raptor Conservancy will mount three
demonstrations per day of eagles, falcons, hawks, owls, and kestrels. On
Saturday evening, a sumptuous King's Banquet will highlight medieval-style
fare and the Tartan Terrors, featuring a two-time World Champion Bagpiper and
guitar music, the driving tones of drums from around the world, championship
calibre Highland Dancers, and internationally recognized comedic performers.
    The Festival takes place 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday,
June 13 and 14 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is only
$15-adults, $12-seniors, $10-teens, $7-youths, and $3-children 2 to 4. The
King's Banquet requires a separate ticket and advance reservations are
recommended as space is limited.
    The Festival takes place at the Upper Canada Village Heritage Park in
Morrisburg, along the St. Lawrence River and an easy drive from Ottawa,
Cornwall, Montreal and Kingston, as well as close to a number of U.S. bridge
crossings. This location in the Upper Canada Region is about 3-1/2 hours east
of Toronto. Lots of lodging and camping is nearby. See the Festival website
for more information: www.medievalfestival.ca.

    Upper Canada Village is operated by the St. Lawrence Parks Commission, an
agency of the Government of Ontario. An award-winning 1860s living history
museum, the Village is now open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. until
October 5, then on Fall weekends in October. It is located at Exit 758 off
Highway 401.

    PHOTOS AND/OR "B" TAPE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.





For further information:

For further information: Susan Le Clair, Corporate Marketing Officer,
susan.leclair@parks.on.ca, (613) 543-3704 ext 2461; Gabriele Thomas,
Supervisor, Upper Canada Village, gabriele.thomas@parks.on.ca, (613) 543-3704
ext 2234

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