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Chelsea Academy to hold first 'Medieval Festival'

By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com

FRONT ROYAL -- Chelsea Academy, now in its fourth year, will hold a Medieval Festival on Friday, for faculty, staff, students and family on the campus.

Joe Sladky, a history teacher at the academy, said he teaches a medieval history unit in his class, and the idea for the festival has been brewing all year.

"The fact that they study the history and culture will help them understand and appreciate the festival's events," Sladky said. Many of his students have "put in a lot of effort" to give authentic performances and demonstrations throughout the day.

Events will start at 12:30 p.m., with some crafts for younger girls and an obstacle course and knight's battle for boys "with injury free materials, of course," Sladky said.

Older students will be able to participate in competitions involving catapults, archery and ring jousting.

Faculty and students will provide entertainment throughout the day, in the form of harp, brass and fiddle music. A Miracle Play, Harrowing of Hell, will also be performed.

"Potions" will be served to quench participants thirst, and will consist of soda and dry ice cubes to create a frothing effect. Wood carvers will give demonstrations, and students will be able to craft swords, shields and coat of arms.

"Hopefully this will become a tradition," Sladky said of the festival. "I know the kids are really looking forward to it."

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