Joust for fun: Medieval Fayre photo gallery

Pictures: Anna Warr

Pictures: Anna Warr

Record crowds stepped back in time at Nurragingy Reserve on the weekend, drawn to the area by the jousting and medieval fighting events.

Blacktown Council hailed the Medieval Fayre as a tremendous success, which attracted more than 70,000 over the two days.

Crowd numbers were up 20,000 from last year.

An international jousting competition, the Feathered Friends Birds of Prey Show and medieval fighting re-enactments were the most popular attractions.

Crowds came as far as Gosford and Kangaroo Valley.

"It's now by far the biggest medieval event in NSW," mayor Len Robinson said.

"Where else can people see jousting competitions? It brings back nostalgia."

The Medieval Fayre kicked off the week-long Blacktown City Festival celebrations.

Festival fun continues with the inaugural Sports In the Park at Blacktown Showground tomorrow (May 28).

An action-packed evening starts with BMX, skateboarding and scooter demonstrations from Big Air School 4pm-7pm with workshops, prizes, giveaways and more.

The showground will later become a sea of blue and maroon when game one of the State of Origin Game is shown live on the big screen.

Food and drink will be on sale.

Other events include Dora the Explorer and Go Diego Go concerts and a free Zumba fitness party this Friday night in Bowman Hall.

The festival concludes on Saturday with the Streets Alive and Parade in the Blacktown CBD, 9am-4pm.

Headline act Taylor Henderson of X- Factor fame will perform on the main stage from noon.

More than 80 groups have registered to be part of the colourful parade from 11am.

"It's always a magical day and fantastic event," Councillor Robinson said.

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