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Placer County Fairgrounds to host live medieval tournament

By: Staff Report
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BATTLE OF THE ROSES

When: Saturday, Feb. 25; gates open at 10 a.m., fights begin at 11 a.m.

Where: Placer County Fairgrounds, 800 All American City Boulevard, Roseville

Tickets: $10, or $5 for kids/police/fire/military

The Placer County Fairgrounds will become a battleground Saturday when it hosts the Battle of the Roses, a live medieval tournament that will pit armed and armored fighters against each other in duels and other contests.

The gates open at 10 a.m. Saturday and the first fight starts at 11, according to a news release from co-organizer Placer Valley Tourism. The tournament is also being organized by the Armored Combat League, a national group of medieval combat athletes and enthusiasts.

The news release said the event will be structured like a true medieval tournament would have been, “with real knights wielding real steel weapons going full speed with full contact.” The title “Battle of Roses” pays homage to the host city of Roseville. Through various scenarios, fighters from throughout California will prepare for the last national tournament of the year to be held in Arizona on March 25-26.

“There will be individual technical fights that include single duels in longsword, sword and shield, and polearm,” explained Armored Combat League's Pacific Region Commander Erik Saari. “But the melee is where the fighters really shine. This is team against team – it’s brutal and fascinating all at the same time, and it’s historically accurate with no choreography and no pretend.”

The event will also include opportunities to meet the fighters, and food and merchandise will be available for purchase.