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Nichols returns to days of the Knight

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By Stephen Thomas

NICHOLS – The students at Nichols Elementary attempted to slay the dragon known as cancer.

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The school hosted a Renaissance Fair to raise money for the Bullitt County Relay for Life.

For $5 students received pizza and drinks along with crafts and many fun Renaissance-related activities.

Eevents included jousting, where students rode horses on wheels and aimed at other students with giant foam noodles.

Kindergarten and first grade students participated in slaying an actual dragon, in piñata form.

Students challenged one another to sword fights, each brandishing a foam sword while knocking their opponent off a balance beam.

Another challenge included knocking an opponent out of a ring (hula-hoop) with balloons. A tug-o-war between classes – and some teachers  – was part of the fun, along with face painting. The princesses wore hearts on their cheeks while the young knights suddenly grew Robin Hood style whiskers.

Steve Wood, a volunteer with the Frazier Historical Arms Museum in Louisville, appeared on stage in full knight gear. Students had their photos taken with Wood for a $2 donation to the Relay.

Event coordinator Neida Werner said the event was a successful fund-raiser.