OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - It was an epic battle in Ocean Springs. A clashing of the swords true to the Middle Ages. Crowds enjoyed the jousting show while the event organizers basked in another successful year.
On just day one of the fair, 1,100 people showed up. That's more than the total number of visitors for both days of the event last year.
"It's getting bigger and better every year. People know its in the same spot and same time every year. So it's just good things to come and I'm very happy," Event Creator Bon Ha said.
Putting on an event that pays so much attention to detail is no easy task. Not only does it take up to nine months of planning, but countless hours of volunteer work. Work that the Renaissance fans and volunteers alike say is worth every minute.
"It's a lot of fun. It's great to get out and see the kids and watching everyone enjoy the joust and falcon show. It's a labor, but it's a labor of love," Eric Ladner said.
As always, all that fun serves a very special purpose--helping the St. Jude Children's Hospital.
"I just love to give back and St. Judes is a great organization. I also love the Renaissance period so it's just fun all around," Linda Thompson said.
"I'm extremely proud. The whole idea was to bring the community together and we've accomplished so much together. Individually we do okay, but together we're just amazing. So again I'm extremely proud that this is going so well," Ha said.