Photo by Molly Crumbley

Saddle Up for Maryland’s State Sport

Here ye, and huzzah! Journey back in time and immerse yourself in the exhilarating feudal world of knights and their noble steeds when the 156th Calvert County Jousting Tournament comes to Port Republic, Maryland, on August 26.

Occurring nearly every year since 1866, the event is the longest-running showcase of Maryland’s state sport. You can witness the extravagant pageantry and ample merry-making on the grounds of the historic 250-year-old Christ Church.

Photos by Molly Crumbley.

The day’s festivities start with a church bazaar from 10 am to 2 pm, featuring a children’s corner, hot dogs, fresh lemonade, snowcones and homemade baked goods and preserves for sale.

At the stroke of noon, only one knight in shining armor can reign victorious. Prepare to be awed as skilled riders charge forward, attempting to spear rings as small as one-quarter inch from the backs of their furiously galloping horses in a duel for victory.

For a little break from the sun, venture into the church where soothing organ recitals will envelop you in their soul-stirring melodies from 1 to 4 p.m.

Top off the day by indulging in a traditional church supper (2 to 6 pm) with options like deviled crab, fried chicken and a choice of two hams, accompanied by sides including potato salad and apple sauce. And if you can’t stay for supper, fear not! Boxed suppers are available as well.

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to witness the grandeur of our beloved state sport, savor mouthwatering treats and create cherished memories with your loved ones. Admission is free, except for the church supper. For more information email [email protected] or 410-586-0565.

Learn more about jousting on the tournament’s Facebook page and on the Maryland Jousting website.