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60th Annual Robin Hood Festival kicks off Friday

by: COURTESY OF LISA DILLION - Maid Marian Katy Roach knights a loyal subject as her colurt Robin Hood, his Merry Men and other look on.The 60th Annual Robin Hood Festival will be held Friday, July 19, and Saturday, July 20 in Old Town Sherwood. The festival has endured to become one of the oldest community festivals in the state.

At the same time, the 58th Annual International Archery Tournament between Sherwood and Nottingham, England, takes place July 20-21 at Edy Ridge Elementary School. Admission is free, with a wide variety of entertainment and events for all ages.

Old Town Festival hours are 5 to 11 p.m. on July 19 and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 20.

The festival begins Friday evening with the pageantry of the annual knighting ceremony. Other Friday highlights include the popular musical groups Hit Machine and Franco Paletta & the Stingers on the main stage, the Reptile Man on the family stage, the Sherwood Royal Academy production Little Mermaid JR (with tickets $10 each) on the Cannery Square stage along with a teen dance.

There will be free performances by the Sherwood Renaissance Singers Friday night and Saturday as well.

A beer and wine garden highlighting selections from the local area will run throughout the festival. A vendor village featuring more than 100 booths will offer a wide variety of food, crafts, products and activities.

The festival’s annual parade takes place on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Old Town Sherwood.

Ongoing entertainment on Saturday will showcase popular musical acts such as Geno Michaels & Soul City, sword fighting reenactments by the Seattle Knights and medieval entertainment by the Portland Recorder Orchestra and the Wild Rose Garland Dancers.

Saturday events for kids feature performances by BJ the Clown, Angel Ocasio Komedy, ventriloquist Steve Taylor and encore performances of Little Mermaid JR, with children’s crafts and activities nearby. Castle building and flower contests will also take place.

The International Archery Tournament between Sherwood and Nottingham will be held Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21 at Edy Ridge Elementary School, 21472 SW Copper Terrace. Several divisions will be offered for archers young and old, with pre-registration recommended. Admission is free for observers.

The Robin Hood Festival has a rich and colorful history. A group called Robin Hood and his Merry Men was formed right after World War II, with the first Robin Hood parade held in 1946 and a Fall harvest festival launched in 1952.

In 1954, the Sherwood Robin Hood Festival Association came into being, which held the first Robin Hood Festival in July, including the first official Maid Marian Court. In 1956, Sherwood challenged Nottingham to an international archery competition, intensely competitive to the present day. Many residents in Sherwood and beyond still have vivid memories of the early years of the Festival.

Archery Tournament hours are Saturday, July 20, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, July 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit www.robinhoodfestival.org, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-625-4233.




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