Monday, August 12th, 2019
Gallant young knights take to the Mercer County Fairgrounds
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA – The modern world was transformed into the medieval on Sunday evening at the Mercer County Fair grandstand as knights in suits of armor competed in full-contact jousting for honor and glory.
The Knights of Valour Extreme Jousting Troupe has been entertaining North America since its inception in 1997 by Shane Adams, a decorated jousting veteran with over 26 years of experience. Adams, a 6-foot-4 Canadian whose red hair and large grin give him the air of a jolly viking, has been a dedicated promoter of the sport and life-long enthusiast.
“My favorite part of the show is seeing my childhood dream of knights fighting in the modern age come to fruition,” he said.
The Knights of Valour began the evening with a quick skill competition to get their horses and the crowd ready for the big event. Jousters attempted to catch rings with their poles, throw spears into hay targets and slice a melon off of the head of Steve the squire, who Adams joked was being punished for not selling enough swords.
As the jousting began, Adams let audience members know the 11-foot Douglas fur lances the group uses could break, a feat that requires 1,800 pounds of tensile …….