This is a more unusual Weirdness Wednesday choice – State Sport of Maryland Is Jousting: https://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdmanual/01glance/html/symbols/sport.html. Slightly longer article. Specific reference is here – https://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdmanual/01glance/html/symbols/sport.html#jousting
Jousting became the official sport of Maryland in 1962 (Chapter 134, Acts of 1962; Code General Provisions Article, sec. 7-329(a)). Maryland was the first state to adopt an official sport.
Jousting, the world’s oldest equestrian sport, developed in the Middle Ages as combat training for the cavalry. Two armored combatants on horseback charged at each other in an attempt to break the lance on their opponent’s armor or knock him off his horse. Eventually losing its military connection, jousting became a very popular sport, and tournaments were held in which knights, noblemen, and even kings competed.
Jousting tournaments have been held in Maryland since early colonial times but became increasingly popular after the Civil War. Retaining the pageantry and customs of medieval tournaments, modern competitors are called “knights” or “maids”, and many dress in colorful costumes. Men, women and children compete equally with skill and horsemanship determining the class.
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