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Mutton and Mead Medieval Festival returns to Montague this summer

Knights Beth Brown and Troy Fiser shatter their lances while jousting during a previous Mutton and Mead Festival. Recorder file photo

Knights Beth Brown and Troy Fiser shatter their lances while jousting during a previous Mutton and Mead Festival. Recorder file photo Purchase photo reprints »

MONTAGUE — The Mutton and Mead Medieval Festival is returning this summer, with pomp and anachronism. And mud.

Jousting demonstrations — real horses, real armor, but no death by lance splinter through the helmet slot — a mud pit comedy show, various fixed and wandering musical acts, fairy impersonators, historical cooking reenactments and Thai food are usual features.

The two-day festival is scheduled for June 21 and 22, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine on the grounds of the Millers Falls Rod and Gun Club, 210 Turners Falls Road, Montague.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children and seniors, free for children under 6. Parking is $5 per car.

The festival caters to young and old, with a children’s area featuring activities for youngsters throughout the day — foam sword-fighting draws a crowd — as well as puppeteers and the ongoing Robin Hood-themed theatrics. There is also beer.

Mutton and Mead is a fundraiser for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and the Montague Common Hall, formerly the Montague Grange.

Donations of nonperishable food at the gate will get you $1 off the ticket price for each two items, up to $3 maximum. More information can be found at:

muttonandmead.com

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