Sherwood invites public to 60th festival of fun

by: COURTESY PHOTO: LISA DILLION - This year's Maid Marian, Katy Roach, knights a loyal subject as her court, Robin Hood, his Merry Men and others look on.One of the oldest festivals in the state, the 60th annual Robin Hood Festival is set for Friday and Saturday in Old Town Sherwood.

At the same time, the 58th annual International Archery Tournament between Sherwood and Nottingham, England, takes place Saturday and Sunday at Edy Ridge Elementary School.

The Robin Hood Festival has a rich and colorful history originating with a group called Robin Hood and his Merry Men that formed in Sherwood right after World War II. The first Robin Hood parade was held in 1946, and a fall harvest festival launched in 1952.

In 1954, the Sherwood Robin Hood Festival Association was founded and held the first Robin Hood Festival in July, which included the first official Maid Marian Court. In 1956, Sherwood challenged Nottingham to an international archery contest, an event that remains intensely competitive to this day. Many residents in Sherwood and beyond still have vivid memories of the early years of the festival.

Admission is free with a wide variety of entertainment and events planned for all ages.

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 and the Stingers on the main stage, the Reptile Man on the family stage, and the Sherwood Royal Academy production of “Little Mermaid JR” (with tickets $10 each) on the Cannery Square stage.

There will be free performances by the Sherwood Renaissance Singers Friday night and Saturday as well, and a beer and wine garden will run throughout the festival. Also, more than 100 vendor booths will offer an array of food, crafts, products and activities.

The festival’s annual parade takes place on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Old Town Sherwood.

Ongoing entertainment on Saturday will showcase popular musical acts such as Geno Michaels and 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 archery tournament between Sherwood and Nottingham will be held at Edy Ridge Elementary School, 21472 S.W. Copper Terrace.

Festival hours are 5 to 11 p.m. on Friday, and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday.

Archery tournament hours are Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, go here or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-625-4233.

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