My gallant lords and elegant ladies, let the revelry begin!

Blacktown City Festival

Blacktown City Festival

Blacktown City Festival

Blacktown City Festival

NRL STATE OF ORIGIN, Game 1. Action from game 1 at ANZ Stadium, Homebush. Blues Jarryd Hayne closes in to stop Billy Slaters' run.5th June 2013Photo: Wolter PeetersThe Sydney Morning Herald

NRL STATE OF ORIGIN, Game 1. Action from game 1 at ANZ Stadium, Homebush. Blues Jarryd Hayne closes in to stop Billy Slaters' run.5th June 2013Photo: Wolter PeetersThe Sydney Morning Herald

BLACKTOWN city will be transformed from May 24 to 31, by the annual Blacktown City Festival.

It will kick off with the much-anticipated free My Lords and Ladies Medieval Fayre, which will transform parts of Nurragingy Reserve into a bustling town square from the Middle Ages.

On Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25, everyone can experience medieval fun from 10am to 4pm.

Step back in time to the world of knights and colourful pavilions, combat displays and period jewellery making.

After last year's success, the International Jousting Competition will be the highlight this year, with riders from New Zealand and England seeking to take the title from the Australian champion. The weekend will also feature pageantry from the past — kings and queens, lords and ladies as well as knights in full armour.

Visitors can experience the excitement of living history.

There will be sporting activities at the Sports in the Park event at Blacktown Showground on Wednesday, May 28, from 3.30pm.

The day will end with the first State of Origin game shown on a big screen at 7pm.

The whole family can try sport clinics, including Little Kickers, or bring their bikes and helmets for free safety checks and bike valet service by the Addventageous team, which teaches children about bike and road safety as well as staying healthy and active. Visitors can also chat to Blue Sox and National Rugby League players.

Special features during the afternoon will include BMX, skateboarding and scooter demonstrations by Big Air School, with sessions starting at 4pm.

Hot food and drinks will be available throughout the afternoon and evening.

Details, full program: festival.blacktown.nsw.gov.au or Blacktown City Information Centre (Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm), 62 Flushcombe Road or 9839 6000.

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