BUCKFIELD – The gymnasium at Buckfield Junior-Senior High School was a hub of excitement Monday as seventh- grade classes culminated their six-week study of medieval history and economics with a fair.

World geography teachers Annette Caldwell and Gretchen Kimball tied the fair to the study of medieval history while teaching the students the economics of running a business.

Each student was asked to participate in the fair by developing and producing a product that might reflect a flair for the medieval crafts.

Accurate accounts of expenses and expected profits with a business plan were all part of the learning experience.

Booths around the gym displayed handmade rope necklaces, beaded jewelry, food, wooden medieval weapons, masks and assorted game booths.

Fifteen students who developed the best products and business plans were knighted by Principal Don Reiter, playing the role of Lord Reiter.

Entertainment for Lady (Gretchen) Kimball and Lord Reiter consisted of a choir number from students dressed in medieval costumes. Some students performed a tumbling show. Others competed in jousting contests using foam tubes for weapons and traveling on skate boards to meet their opponent. Some teachers couldn’t resist giving that one a try.

Lord Morgan Lueck of the Realm was knighted in a special ceremony for contributing the most to the six-week study.

The sixth grade from the Hartford-Sumner Elementary School was invited to the festivities, which included lunch.

After lunch they participated in some of the games and visited the markets.


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