Sherwood Robin Hood Festival proves fun for everyone
After two years with no summer parade marching down Sherwood Boulevard, no knighting of local residents for noble deeds done and no archers ready with bended bow to take on their rivals from Nottingham, England, Sherwood's Robin Hood Festival was a go again.
And Robin Hood Festival Association President Ron Greoger couldn't have been more happy to return to the annual event, which has taken place almost every year since 1954.
"I'm ecstatic," Greoger said Saturday afternoon near Veterans Park, the epicenter of the festival in Old Town Sherwood.
While Greoger took the helm as the official president after the 2019 Robin Hood Festival, the 2020 and 2021 events were canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic so this was his first year overseeing the festival.
He said Friday's opening turnout was substantial and so were those who showed up to see the band Dancehall Days, a dance and party band.
The Nu Wavers, who ran through an extensive set of 1980s musical hits, proved popular Saturday afternoon as well.
"The parade today was packed. I've never seen that many people for a parade," Greoger said. "It was wall-to-wall people for almost that whole route."
A total of 43 participants joined in the parade, which included floats and the traditional throwing of handfuls of candy from floats as they made their way down Sherwood Boulevard into downtown Sherwood.
The 100 to 120 vendors who had booths at the event were happy as well, said Greoger.
"The ones I talked to this morning, they did better on Friday night than they've ever done here," he said.
One of the attractions at the family stage Saturday were the Seattle Knights, a premiere sword-fighting and theatrical troupe, who staged sword fights. Those included a duel between Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham as well as other worthy opponents.
After it was over, Waylon Mykut, 4, of Lake Oswego, said he enjoyed the show, especially the sword fighting.
Eliose McKinney, 6, said she had fun as well, impressed with the clanking swords.
"I liked the noise it made and how brave the people were," she said of the sword fight.
McKinney, a Sherwood resident, said she was familiar with both the Robin Hood movie and the book about the legendary outlaw who she remembered stole from the rich and gave to the poor.
For Ken Anderson of Tigard, it was a chance to put on full knight regalia and stroll through the crowds.
Anderson said he loves attending the Sherwood Robin Hood Festival and books as many Renaissance events he can find during the summer. A Tigard resident, Anderson said he always has aspired to have knightly virtues and has always looked up to knights.
Once again, Sherwood retained the coveted silver trophy for beating Nottingham, England, archers in the annual archery competition — 13,066 to 12,383.
This story has been updated to correct the results of the annual archery contest.
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