Robin Hood Festival comes off without a hitch in what's believed to be largest attendence ever
This year's Robin Hood Festival came off without a hitch with what was believed to be one of the largest crowds in recent history.
Susan Danz, president and publicity director for the annual event, said she has received several really positive pieces of feedback related to the festival.
As always, the Seattle Knights and Renaissance Singers gave the festival that medieval feel.
"The Seattle Knights were great," said Danz. "They were at both stages on Saturday and wandering around interacting with people in entertaining ways."
That included imposing "taxes" on festival-goers for such things as "wearing pink."
Another big hit was the annual parade, which was so vast that the start of the parade circled back to meet the end for what is believed to be a first-of-its-kind occurrence. That parade included members of the original surviving Merry Men, who were honored during the event.
"I feel really happy with how (the Robin Hood Festival) all turned out," said Danz. "It was a lot of work -- at one point I compared it to steering a gigantic ship -- we couldn't have done it without the many volunteers, and I'm thankful to all of them!"
Meanwhile, Sherwood once again retained its silver bowl trophy by winning the International Archery Match between Sherwood and Nottingham, England. Competition with the recurve bow resulted in Sherwood: 13,127; Nottingham: 11,905. The Nottingham team completed their shoot on June 11, mailing their sealed scores to Sherwood where they were opened only after the competition was over, according to Sandy Wallace, director of the archery contest.