Lords a’leaping, knights knocking noggins, ladies looking lovely: Fort Knox on Saturday, Sept. 12, turns into a 15th-century castle as its annual Medieval Tournament unfurls its banners on the old Fort's parade ground. The action begins at 10 a.m.

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.

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.

Regular Fort admission fees apply ($1 for ages 5-11, $3 for 12-64), plus a suggested donation of $3 per person is requested. The Medieval Tournament is co-sponsored by Friends of Fort Knox.

For additional details on these events, go to the Friends’ of Fort Knox website, fortknox.maineguide.com. Friends of Fort Knox manage the historic site through a lease with the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands. The Friends’ mission is to preserve Fort Knox and enhance its educational, cultural and economic value for the people of Maine.