Noble knights will be knocking each other out in battle for the 32nd Annual Jousting Competition, as part of the Longs Peak Highland Festival in Estes Park, Colorado, Thursday (Sep. 4) through Sunday (Sep. 7).
The event brings armored Scottish and Irish jousters together in horse-ridden combat to wow the crowd, and a few damsels, with their awesome abilities.
Event organizer James Durward says, Everyone in the crowd gets really excited and cheers. Sometimes a fair maiden will give her handkerchief to the knight she wants to win.
Jousters not only compete for a hefty cash prize of $50,000, but also respect and admiration from their fellow jousters, which can lead to some intense dueling.
Durward explains, This is a real competition, not a show. Theres no choreographed fights. People get knocked off their horses all the time. Needless to say, we keep an ambulance on call.
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