Josh said (heard from his coworkers) that the Horb Medieval Festival is one of the better ones. The best one is at the Minchin and it only happens once every four years....like Olympic (Interesting! Don't you think?) Medieval Festival is a little bit different from other festivals because they have shows (not live music shows). The Minchin show would cast actors and actresses from the locals. The ones get the act will start growing their hair and beard, so they can truly reflect the people in Medieval time (How serious!) Well, the last time was in 2005 and who knows where Josh and I will be in 2009 for the Minchin Medieval. So...Josh bought the show tickets for the Horb Medieval Festival.
We got up early and took a train toward southwest of Stuttgart last Saturday. Just when we got on the train, we saw people in Medieval costume. Immediately, we thought...this got to be serious that people actually dressed up for this, and we could just followed them when we arrived.
The first thing I saw was MORE people in costume and food that was cooking on the fire pit out side of Medieval tents. There were so many tents. (Danielle, this reminded me so much of Grisward Family Reunion. Friends camping by the river, cooking, painting at each other's face, helping each other's hair, or just handing out. I bet the Grisward would love it.) Then, we went to the market area. As you can image like every other festivals, food and beer were every where. However, there were differences. Food were big chunks of meat on a skewer with bread, a big chicken leg with a big slice of watermelon, or a big plate of stew meat. Beers had different style of cup and there was this melon drinks that was really good...however, I didn't taste any alcohol in it... so I moved on to the beer. The bread was made fresh and cooked in the Medieval style of oven. Everything just smelled so good. I had to admit that I ate so much and almost gained back all the pounds I lost in last few weeks)
Show time! (and more beer of course!!) The show area was packed with people and lots of kids. Thanks to Josh for getting the tickets early... we had the frond row seats. The show was in German only so... I could only guess what the story was... there were good guys and bad guys. The bad guys took away a woman's baby and burned houses (real fire by the way) Then, there were sword fights, arrows shooting, horse riding tricks, axe flying, tournaments, and more fire (German likes fire a lot. Weird!!) The good guys killed the bad guys at end and the baby reunited with the woman. It was fascinating that everything was so real and so Medieval not just watching it in the movie theater. It was a great festival.
This is how Josh describe the even... (a man with few words)
Well I guess you have to go somewhere that existed in medieval times to have a real medieval festival!!! This was really great...
I just wonder what these people do when the festival is off?