Medieval market lures visitors to Volkspark

Petra Lessoing
Kaiserslautern American

***image1******image2***The association for medieval culture and fantasy role playing, called “Die Legende,” the legend, holds its fifth Legendary Medieval Market today through Sunday at Volkspark in Kaiserslautern.
The association, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, expects about 30,000 visitors.
In Volkspark, between old trees, visitors are taken on a journey into the Middle Ages.
An entertaining program is presented with fire shows, activities on stage, artists presentations and walking acts to include music groups, minstrel singers, jugglers, court jesters, magicians and fire-eaters.
About 500 participants dressed in old costumes display living in medieval times. Craftsmen such as blacksmiths, lantern makers, basket makers, tanners, armourers and printers present former skills. Vendors sell handcrafted and other items such as perfumes, glass products, jewelry, wreaths, ceramics, candles and bee products.
Knights in armaments will demonstrate fights with different weapons in the knights’camp.
There also is an oriental area where people from Mauritania and Arabia present their culture, sell interesting merchandise and offer oriental food.
Visitors can also taste other food from the Middle Ages such as wild boar roast, pork roast, flat cakes and smoked fish. Fruit wines and mead is served in clay mugs.
A special children’s program features a play tent, a wooden merry-go-round and Angvik’s dragon boat. Children also can try archery, ride donkeys, do pottery, listen to fairy tales and watch magicians and puppet theater.
The fifth Legendary Medieval Market is from 1 to 10 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is 5 EUR for adults and 3 EUR for children. Children shorter than a sword (4.5 feet) and visitors in medieval costumes are admitted free. For visitors who don’t want to stand in line at the cash boxes, advance tickets are available at Gondrom book store, Kerststrasse 9 or at Pop Shop, Spittelstrasse in Kaiserslautern.
Volkspark is the park with the duck pond on Donnersberg- and Entersweiler Strasse, next to the public swimming pool.