September 22, 2011 (Poway) -- On October 21, 22 & 23, 2011 the Poway Rodeo Grounds will be transformed into a scene from 'A Knight's Tale' as six armoured knights from across the globe meet for an international competition. The weekend-long event of Jousting and Combat is The Tournament of the Phoenix, held in north San Diego county, California.
Competitors will accumulate points as they battle it out in a series of grueling events. The tournament will test the combatants' prowess and stamina as they pit themselves against each other in foot combat with axes, mounted melee, and four sessions of jousting.
The event also showcases the "Festival of History", where over one hundred members of the southwest's premier Living History associations will present a living time line of history spanning Rome through the European Renaissance. A medieval bagpipe band lends to the festive atmosphere as they perform throughout the day. 'Hands on History' activities for all ages, vendors offering a range of goods and delicious food assure a day full of fun for event goers.
Friday, Oct 21- 11AM-3PM
Saturday, Oct 22 - 10AM-6PM
Sunday, Oct 23 - 10AM-6PM
Preview Day on Friday October 21 from 11a.m. to 3p.m. Although the points will not be counted toward the Tournament, there will be a skill at arms display and jousting during the Preview Day, as well as the complete Festival of History, games, activities, food, vendors, etc. There will be ample time for interviews and photos with the knights.
Preview hours are 11a.m. to 3 p.m., with jousting at 1:30. Weekend hours are 10a.m. to 6p.m., with jousting at 12 noon and 4:30 p.m. Other activities and presentations are ongoing throughout each day.