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Medieval Days pull Hancock into the past

by Lisa Schauer

Joseph Hancock Jr. Primitive Park was the scene for the annual Hancock “Medieval Days event held on Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1.

Troupes of historical reenactors engaged with the public, demonstrating what life was like in Europe from the ninth century until the Renaissance.

Costumed merchants, traders, knights, and ladies set up camp, gave speeches and sword fights, knit wool, and prepared food in authentic fashion, as visitors and locals looked on and asked questions.

“It’s fun,” exclaimed Krag Buck of Hampstead, who comes to Hancock

Father-daughter duo Krag and Bri Buck, 17, of Hampstead prepare smoked white fish, apples and cheese on a board at Hancock Medieval Days on Sunday, October 1

Medieval Days every year with daughter Bri, 17, to set up an early Medieval trade camp.

“See you next year,” Buck called out, as a curious family approached the camp, and he continued in his wanderer character.

Bright fall weather shone down on the history campers and visitors who stopped to step back in time for a while.

Reenactors with La Belle Company portray wealthy Medieval armor merchants.
A knight in shining armor with his trusty squire delights visitors to Hancock Medieval Days.
A woodsman rests under a tree at Joseph Hancock Jr. Primitive Park during Hancock Medieval Days.
Faire maidens sit listening to a knight’s tale at Hancock Medieval Days.

The Wilde Irish demonstrate their spear-throwing skills at Hancock Medieval Days. photos by Lisa Schauer