GENOA – Jose Garcia may have summed up Genoa-Kingston Middle School's Medieval Faire best.
"It's all about having fun and teamwork," the sixth-grader said.
But then his classmate, Ludyka Mercado, may have topped him. "Only if you win, is it fun," she said.
Unfortunately for them, their team, the Medieval Minions, finished fourth in the school's 11th annual faire Friday. The all-day event culminates a month-long interdisciplinary literacy study of the Middle Ages.
In the morning, each of the six sixth-grade classes - or kingdoms - hosted an activity. In Karley Lynch's class, for instance, students pretended to be Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City by laying on their backs and painting a picture. Another class played "Ring Around the Rosie" outside while some students dressed in black to emulate the Black Plague and show how easily it spread.
"This is a highlight for the teachers as much for the kids," sixth-grade teacher Ruth Ollie said.
The afternoon was filled with games in a tournament-like setting in the gym, including the three-legged race, scooter races, and jousting with noodles rather than swords. The grand finale, which drew the most chants, was the tug-of-war.
Despite losing a close battle in the semi-finals, the Shadow Dragons rallied to win - again. The Flaming Phoenix's were next, followed by the Medieval Minions, the Treacherous Gladiators, the GKMS Warriors and the Green Gargoyles.
Dragons coach Clayton Johnsen said the faire is an end-of-the-school-year tradition that students look forward to every year.
"You even see some seventh-graders here wearing their shirts from last year," he said.
"I heard about it from the older grades; it's a lot of fun," one sixth grader, Alexis Shirley, said. "I just finished the three-legged race and it is fun."