Pillage of the Village at Olds

Feast like royalty, tip tankards of ale and support the Olds Municipal Library at its upcoming Pillage The Village event.

Feast like royalty, tip tankards of ale and support the Olds Municipal Library at its upcoming Pillage The Village event.

The medieval event on May 11 features food and drink, a marketplace with vendors and a costume contest for peasant, merchant and nobility.

Those classes — and their ticket prices ranging from $30 to $60 — also determine seating closest to entertainers or tavern and whether the meal is eaten with cutlery.

Entertainment will be a tournament of archery, tilting, a form of jousting with metal rings, and mélee staff fighting with poles. Entry is $5 at the event with the tournament’s winner taking home half of the entries’ prize purse.

The event at the Olds Sportsplex starts at 6 p.m. with feasting at 7 p.m. and entertainment and tournament at 8:30 p.m.

Library manager Lesley Winfield said proceeds from the first annual will benefit library programs and help purchase library materials.

“This is our first time trying it and we’re really excited.”

Tickets are available at the library and on the event’s website www.pillagethevillage.ca as are costume ideas.