Previously in Medieval Times coverage: I grew up in two of the great Medieval Times strongholds during their glory days, first California’s San Bernadino County (second-ever castle built in Buena Park in 1986, the same year as my birth, a scant fifteen minutes away from my hometown of Chino Hills) and second Illinois’ Cook County (fourth-ever castle built in Schaumburg in 1991, an even scanter ten minutes away from my hometown of Hoffman Estates).
I used to beg my parents to take me to the Buena Park MT, no dice but in the 7th grade we had a class trip and I finally got to go. I mostly remember the pre-show "horse stuff" Arabian horses, dancing horses, horses who did a funny walk and knights on horses with lances, but not jousting. They had these little brass rings with ribbons on them on a sort of rack or something? The knights would try to catch the ring with the tip of the lance to show off their lanceley prowess. I mostly remember being jealous of the kids who had enough money to buy a wooden sword, also being disappointed that the knights wore tights with sparkles on them instead of real chainmail.
Who is N.B.?
"People love lady knights" - yes, and they're missing the opportunity to call the gift shop the "Brit-o-mart"!