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Sherwood's 60th annual Robin Hood Festival will be in Old Town

by: ROBIN HOOD FESTIVAL - Come out this weekend to the annual Robin Hood Festival in Sherwood and enjoy an international archery tournament featuring archers from Sherwood and Nottingham, England. Sherwood’s Robin Hood Festival has held out over the years, and Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20, it will celebrate its 60th anniversary in Old Town Sherwood.

The Robin Hood Festival is one of the oldest community festivals in the state. And at its heart is the associated 58th annual International Archery Tournament, set for July 20 and 21 and featuring participants from Sherwood, as well as Nottingham, England.

The festival has a rich and colorful history. It started right after World War II when a group called Robin Hood and his Merry Men was formed. The first Robin Hood parade was in 1946 and a fall harvest festival was started in 1952.

In 1954, the Sherwood Robin Hood Festival Association was formed. The group held the first Robin Hood Festival that July, including the first official Maid Marian Court. Two years later, Sherwood challenged Nottingham to an international archery competition, which has remained quite competitive to this day.

This year’s festival begins Friday evening with the pageantry of the annual knighting ceremony. Other Friday events include popular musical groups Hit Machine and Franco Paletta and the Stingers on the main stage, Richard Ritchie, aka “The Reptile Man,” on the family stage, and the Sherwood Royal Academy production Little Mermaid JR, tickets $10 each, on the Cannery Square stage. There also will be free performances by the Sherwood Renaissance Singers Friday night and Saturday.

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.

A parade will take place Saturday at 10 a.m. in Old Town Sherwood, featuring Maid Marian and her Court, Robin Hood and his Merry Men, the Festival Marching Band and a variety of community groups.

Ongoing entertainment on Saturday will showcase popular musical acts, sword fighting reenactments 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 and ventriloquist Steve Taylor. Castle building and flower contests will also take place.

The archery tournament will be held both days at Edy Ridge Elementary School. Admission is free and open to the public, and there will be a variety of entertainment and events for all ages.

At a Glance:

Tournament hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Old Town Festival hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, visit robinhoodfestival.org, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503- 625-4233.