Jousting, gunfire, Steampunk and Dr Who

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WHEN: Saturday, April 20-21, 2013

WHERE: Tony Luchetti Showground, George Coates Ave, Lithgow

WHAT: Ironfest

Time travel through the millennia to the Kingdom of Ironfest and land in a fantasy world where medieval knights joust alongside Napoleonic cannon and rifle fire, witnessed by Steampunkers, bellydancers and Dr Who.

Will The Doctor (aka Luke Sanders) be able to keep the peace when rampaging medieval hordes encounter the genteel Napoleonics? What will hold back the cosmic storm troopers when they stumble upon the contemporary RAAF balloon? Which worthy participant will (real life) French Consular General Eric Berti dressed as a Napoleonic officer present a medal to?

Now in its 13th year, the annual “festival with a metal edge’’ attracts more than 14,000 people and is recognised as an event of state significance supported by Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism, Destination NSW, Lithgow City Council, Delta Electricity and a host of smaller supporters.

Ironfest celebrates working and playing with metal, bringing together artists, designer makers, blacksmiths, performers of all kinds, musicians, historical re-enactors, machine enthusiasts and hobbyists from around the world.

Festival founder artist/sculptor Macgregor Ross urged everyone attending to dress up whether they were actively taking part or merely voyeurs enjoying the spectacle: “It makes the whole thing so much more fun when everyone really gets into the spirit of things.’’

However, Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism chairman Randall Walker said: “Ironfest is probably best known for its living history re-enactments and characters from the past, the thrill of the St Georges Day Jousting tournament and the Battle of Lithgow by the Australian Napoleonic Association featuring infantry.

“And let’s be honest, what better way to attract a crowd than with the aroma of gun powder, the dull clang of iron and plenty of costumed damsels very much not in distress.

“Ironfest is a broadly appealing family-friendly festival with literally something for everyone from faithful re-enactments to steam punk characters and a variety of food, arts and craft stalls.’’

Ironfest will be held at the Tony Luchetti Showground, George Coates Ave, Lithgow, on April 20 and 21. Tickets: Base/gate single day $35 adults, $30 concession, $25 children, $95 families; two-day weekend $55 adults, $45 concession, $35 children, $140 families. Early bird discounts available online until the end of February.

Details and ticket purchases: http://www.ironfest.net.

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