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Crowds feast, enjoy show at opening of Medieval Times

LAWRENCEVILLE

t was a "knight" of chivalry, pageantry, jousting and tournament at the grand opening of Medieval Times Friday night at Discover Mills Mall in Lawrenceville.

"I thought the show was very exciting, exhilarating and fun for everyone, especially adults," Lawrenceville resident Jamie Brown said. "It was very realistic."

Brown's husband, Richard, was skeptical about whether he would enjoy the show at first.

"It was very exciting for the ones who wouldn't think the show would be good; I learned different," he said. "It was awesome, and the spare ribs were the best!"

The sold out show began at 8 p.m. as the "noble" guests entered the kingdom and were greeted by serfs and wenches who inquired, "My lord, my lady, from which kingdom do you hail?"

Guests hailed from as close as area cities in Gwinnett and Barrow counties to as far away as Ontario.

"We have never been to the one in Toronto, but I have seen the show at another location and it's very exciting," Ontario native Charlotte Roth said.

Her husband, Josh Roth, had never seen the show, but there was one thing he couldn't wait to do.

"I cannot wait to eat with my hands," he said.

Guests feasted on a bill of fare that included garlic bread, vegetable soup, roasted chicken, spare ribs, herb-roasted potatoes, pastries and beverages.

Acts I and II of the program consisted of crowd excitement while the guests cheered for their respectful knights who contested on Andalusian horses while fighting for the honor of becoming "First Knight - Champion to the King."

At 9:20 p.m., sparks flew as the knights' swords clashed.

According to Medieval Times Marketing Manager Danielle Weiden, the knights trained strenuously.

"They trained for two to three months at the Myrtle Beach and Kissimee locations," Weiden said. "You have to earn your way to knighthood and the toughest skill to master is jousting."

Victor Velazquez, who fought as the blue knight, said it took six months for him to become a knight.

"To become a knight, you have to start out as an esquire, and every esquire has to have skills," Velazquez said. "We practice every day for three hours."

Velazquez said it's a dangerous and serious job, but it is fun.

"This is a fantasy show, but we try to make it real and enjoyable for the people," he said. "In the shows, you find action as well as drama."

Also in attendance of the grand opening was CEO of Medieval Times Ken Kim, who came from the company's headquarters in California.

The next shows are today at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Admission is $47.95 for adults and $35.95 for children.