The popular parade begins at 10 a.m., followed by bands, food and medieval-themed activities for the whole family.

PMG FILE PHOTO - The annual Sherwood Robin Hood Festival returns after a two-year pause caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. After a two-year hiatus, the Sherwood Robin Hood Festival, one of the city's premiere family events, has returned.

The annual event, set for downtown Sherwood (along with an archery contest held at Ridges Elementary School), will be held on Friday, July 15, and Saturday, July 16.

The festival brings together loads of entertainment on two stages and focuses on a medieval theme with a nod to the Robin Hood legend.

The festival's history dates to 1949 when a group of Sherwood friends formed an organization called Robin Hood and His Merry Men of Sherwood Oregon, according to history compiled by Sandy Wallace, who is also in charge of the annual archery event.

The first Maid Marian, who represents the festival, was selected in 1952.

The archery event pits Sherwood archers against their counterparts in Nottingham, England, with the winner receiving an engraved silver Tiffany bowl, which has been exchanged between the archery groups since 1956. That event is Saturday and Sunday at Ridges Elementary School.

The annual knighting ceremony is set for 6 p.m. on Friday, July 15, at the Family Stage in Veteran's Park. To date, more than 400 individuals have received the honor, bestowed upon them by Maid Marian.

Along with the popular Seattle Knights — a premiere sword-fighting and theatrical troupe — the costumed Sherwood Renaissance Singers will provide for a realistic feel of the time period being highlighted.

At the same time, the hugely popular Sherwood Robin Hood Festival parade is set for 10 a.m. on

Saturday, July 16.

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