Sherwood, Oregon to take on Nottingham, England in archery tournament

Sherwood, Oregon to take on Nottingham, England in archery tournament
Photo courtesy of the Sherwood Robin Hood Festival Association.

This is a press release courtesy of the Sherwood Robin Hood Festival Association

The 60th Annual Robin Hood Festival will be held Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20 in Old Town Sherwood, Oregon, a tradition that has endured to become one of the oldest community festivals in the state.

The associated 58th Annual International Archery Tournament between Sherwood, Oregon and Nottingham, England will take place July 20-21 at Edy Ridge Elementary School. Admission is free, with a wide variety of entertainment and events for all ages.

Old Town Festival hours are Friday, July 19, 5 to 11 PM and Saturday, July 20, 9 AM to 11 PM. Archery Tournament hours are Saturday, July 20, 8:30 AM to 3 PM and Sunday, July 21, 9 AM to 3 PM.

The Festival begins Friday evening with the pageantry of the annual knighting ceremony. Other Friday highlights include the popular musical groups Hit Machine and Franco Paletta & the Stingers on the main stage, the Reptile Man on the family stage, the Sherwood Royal Academy production Little Mermaid JR (with tickets $10 each) on the Cannery Square stage and a teen dance. There will be free performances by the Sherwood Renaissance Singers Friday night and Saturday.

A Beer and Wine Garden highlighting selections from the local area will run throughout the Festival. A vendor village featuring over 100 booths will offer a wide variety of food, crafts, products, and activities.

Photo courtesy of the Sherwood Robin Hood Festival Association.

A parade will take place Saturday, July 20 at 10 AM in Old Town Sherwood, featuring Maid Marian and her Court, Robin Hood and his Merry Men, the Festival Marching Band and many community groups.

Ongoing entertainment on Saturday will showcase popular musical acts such as Geno Michaels & Soul City, sword fighting reenactments by the Seattle Knights and medieval entertainment by the Portland Recorder Orchestra and the Wild Rose Garland Dancers. Saturday events for kids feature performances by BJ the Clown, Angel Ocasio Komedy, ventriloquist Steve Taylor and encore performances of Little Mermaid JR, with children’s crafts and activities nearby. Castle building and flower contests will also take place.

The International Archery Tournament between Sherwood and Nottingham will be held Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21 at Edy Ridge Elementary School, 21472 SW Copper Terrace, Sherwood. Several divisions will be offered for archers young and old, with pre-registration recommended. Admission is free for observers.

The Robin Hood Festival has a rich and colorful history. A group called Robin Hood and his Merry Men was formed right after World War II, with the first Robin Hood parade held in 1946 and a Fall harvest festival launched in 1952. In 1954, the Sherwood Robin Hood Festival Association came into being, which held the first Robin Hood Festival in July, including the first official Maid Marian Court. In 1956, Sherwood challenged Nottingham to an international archery competition, intensely competitive to the present day. Many residents in Sherwood and beyond still have vivid memories of the early years of the Festival.

For more information, visit www.robinhoodfestival.org, email robinhoodfestival@gmail.com or call 503-625-4233.