On Saturday, Sept. 10, the Fort Knox State Historic site off Route 174 will transform into a medieval castle as re-enactors from around New England assemble for the 10th annual Medieval Tournament. The day offers something for everyone including battling knights, a fashion show, not-so-distressed damsels and weaponry of the Middle Ages.

Sponsored by the Friends of Fort Knox as one of their many special events throughout the operating season, this event is organized by the Society for Creative Anachronism, whose members are dedicated to researching and recreating the arts and skills of Europe before the 17th century, the tournament features a full day of fencing, music, full-contact fighting and more.

Visitors planning to attend the event are encouraged to car pool due to limited parking at the fort. They also may want to pack a lunch, as there will be no food available other than snacks in the Friends’ gift shop. Regular Fort admission fees will apply — $1 for children age 5 to 11 and $3 age 12 to 64 — plus a suggested donation of $3 per person is requested. Fort Knox Historic Site is administered by the Maine Department of Conservation and managed by its Bureau of Parks and Lands.

The Parade Ground schedule offers: rapier duels and fencing melees, 10 to 11 a.m. and 2:15 to 3 p.m.; a live music and dance presentation, 11 a.m. to noon and 3 to 4 p.m.; and a Pas d’Armes Tournament of Knightly Combat, opened by our youth fighters, noon to 1 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. Around the fort from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be arts and science exhibits in the Gun Bays (Casemates), ballista firing and camping pavilions in front of fort. Times will be listed at Battery A for thrown weapons and combat archery demonstrations.

In addition, visitors will be able to operate a mini-trebuchet or catapult that propels missiles (apples) at a “castle parapet” and even throw a battleaxe. Throughout the day, one can observe craft demonstrations and displays, take part in games and look on as knights fence and fight informally outside the fort walls.

Founded decades ago by students at the University of California, the Society for Creative Anachronism today is an international organization of more than 30,000 members. The society consists of 18 “kingdoms,” with Maine represented in the Shire of Endewearde, East Kingdom. The Friends of Fort Knox are the nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve Fort Knox and enhance its educational, cultural and economic value for the people of Maine.

After the Medieval Tournament, the final Friends-sponsored special events will be a Civil War cannon firing demonstration on Columbus Day weekend; ghost tours of the fort Saturday evenings, Oct. 1, 8 and 15; and the annual Fright at the Fort the last two Fridays and Saturdays of October. For more information, visit fortknox.maineguide.com.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.