They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.
However, as seniors grow older, sometimes they cannot live independently without someone by their side to provide care. Unfortunately, some older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.
Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live in the comforts or their home rather than in an assisted living community. Home care in Hildale, UT is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.
Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they age. We are proud to have helped tens of thousands of seniors to maintain a higher level of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of home care available so that they may live happily and independently.
Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs.
The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home care services in Hildale, UT. Always Best Care is here to help.
Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.
The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.
At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.
To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:
If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes or Parkinson's or Alzheimer's.
Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.
Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite activities and hobbies while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.
According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy other activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress helps reduce the risks of caregiver burnout.
When it comes to non-medical home care, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible. If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.
Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:
While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.
In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.
How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?
A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in Hildale, UT, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.
Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.
For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.
More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.
With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in Hildale, UT gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.
In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.
Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.
At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.
When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.
Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.
At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Hildale,UT understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.
Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.
Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.
The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:
An assessment of your senior loved one
An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home
Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs
PHOENIX (AP) — A polygamous leader accused of taking more than 20 wives, including underage girls, has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and tampering with evidence charges stemming from a federal investigation into his community on the Utah-Arizona border.Sam Bateman's case is the most recent example of law enforcement taking action against abuse in the sister cities of Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah, longtime strongholds of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, known by its acronym FLDS. The...
PHOENIX (AP) — A polygamous leader accused of taking more than 20 wives, including underage girls, has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and tampering with evidence charges stemming from a federal investigation into his community on the Utah-Arizona border.
Sam Bateman's case is the most recent example of law enforcement taking action against abuse in the sister cities of Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah, longtime strongholds of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, known by its acronym FLDS. They are a polygamous offshoot of the mainstream Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which no longer practices polygamy.
Bateman entered his not-guilty plea Wednesday during a hearing in a federal courtroom in Phoenix, court documents show. A trial has been set for Jan. 10, but his attorneys have requested more time to prepare.
The community once was dominated by the polygamous group but has transformed since its leader, Warren Jeffs, was sentenced to life in prison more than a decade ago on child sex abuse charges related to underage marriages.
Bateman, 46, is a former follower of Jeffs who broke off from the FLDS church with a few dozen followers of his own after fashioning himself as a prophet and successor to Jeffs. From prison, Jeffs has denounced Bateman, said Sam Brower, an investigator who has spent years following the group,
Bateman faces a raft of state and federal charges including child abuse, obstructing a federal investigation and — along with several female followers — aiding in kidnapping girls from the state foster care they were placed in after his arrest earlier this year.
Though federal charges to date have been limited to tampering with and destroying evidence, and aiding in kidnapping girls, court documents in Bateman and his followers' cases outline a thorough investigation uncovering allegations that Bateman orchestrated sexual acts involving minors and gave wives as gifts to his male followers — claiming to do so on orders from the “Heavenly Father.”
They said that he used public shaming and sex to punish followers — and at one point tried to take his only daughter as a wife. The daughter later left with her mother when Bateman started taking more wives.
Polygamy is a legacy of the early teachings of the mainstream Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but the faith known widely as the Mormon church abandoned the practice in 1890 and now strictly prohibits it.
ST. GEORGE — The Washington County School Board has approved the purchase of water rights in Hildale, which will secure and ensure both Water Canyon Elementary and Water Canyon High School will have water in the future.At the special meeting on Nov. 28, trustees approved the purchase from United Effort Plan Trust, as presented by the Physical Facilities Executive Director Craig Hammer.United Effort Plan Trust is a real estate organization in the Short Creek area that provides housing solutions and other b...
ST. GEORGE — The Washington County School Board has approved the purchase of water rights in Hildale, which will secure and ensure both Water Canyon Elementary and Water Canyon High School will have water in the future.
At the special meeting on Nov. 28, trustees approved the purchase from United Effort Plan Trust, as presented by the Physical Facilities Executive Director Craig Hammer.
United Effort Plan Trust is a real estate organization in the Short Creek area that provides housing solutions and other benefits to the specific class of people who qualify for the programs. United Effort Plan at one time was a subsidiary of the Federalist Latter-Day Saint church, created by the church in 1942, which allowed followers of the faith to share in its assets.
Securing these water rights will help ensure the school’s football, baseball softball fields and all water needs will be satisfied.
The purchases will be of four water rights. The first two rights are primary shares, including a 75-acre-foot right and a 41.3-acre-foot right. An acre-foot is approximately 326,000 gallons. An acre-foot is approximately enough water to cover an acre of land with 1 foot deep of water.
The secondary shares are two irrigation rights of diverting 0.3735 cubic feet per second and 0.976 cubic feet per second. The Utah Division of Water Rights explains, “the diversion figure in water rights applications is the quantity of water expressed as a flow rate in CFS (cubic feet per second).”
Irrigation rights are only for watering outside crops, lawns, gardens, orchards and landscaping.
The water rights purchase is $4,000 per primary and $2,000 per secondary share, with a maximum price of $1,257,279.65.
“Hildale has always been a concern about water for us,” said Steven Dunham, school district director of communications. “Now, we will not have to worry about our investment there.”
Besides securing water rights, the school district proposed and passed property deals within Apple Valley and Hurricane.
The school district has owned about 70 acres in Apple Valley for over 15 years. It was purchased to accommodate growth after the district could not build and have a school in Hildale back in the early 2000s.
Because the district now has schools in Hildale, it does not need all 70 acres, so the board declared it “surplus” and will sell off 61 acres. This will leave nine acres in Apple Valley. The nine acres could be used for an elementary school at some future date.
The district has owned another property behind the Walmart in Hurricane for over 20 years. A developer owns property about two blocks away from Walmart and wanted to trade his property through Interstate Rock for the district’s property.
A study was performed by the school district. It showed that the developer’s property would be a better potential site for an elementary school than the district’s current property right behind Walmart.
“It does a lot for us,” Hammer said. “It gets us farther away from Walmart and a smaller footprint, which is what we are asking for and what we need. It is a better piece for us and what we want.”
Hammer also emphasized another advantage of the trade for the district.
“With our old piece, we would have to pay for roads on three sides of the school,” Hammer said. “Here we are, down to two.”
The board approved the trade of land with the developer. The trade will result in the developer getting 10.6 acres while the district gets 8.3 acres and a check for $278,500. There are currently no plans to build anything there.
Craig Seegmiller made the motion, and David Stirland seconded it for approval, which was unanimous.
The next school district board meeting will be the regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 4:30 p.m. and will be at the Washington County School District Office, 121 W. Tabernacle St.
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For years, sports had been banned in the little Utah town of Hildale.But now, the community that was once a stronghold of polygamous Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints has formed its first football team. The high school boys played their first game last month.Here’s a look inside our story — you can read the full report here — and how the town got there.Why is this unusual fo...
For years, sports had been banned in the little Utah town of Hildale.
But now, the community that was once a stronghold of polygamous Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints has formed its first football team. The high school boys played their first game last month.
Here’s a look inside our story — you can read the full report here — and how the town got there.
The town of Hildale in southern Utah and its sister community of Colorado City across the border of Arizona together form what’s called “Short Creek.”
The area was settled by members of the FLDS faith in the early 1900s. They came down there as a place to get away and practice their beliefs freely.
The group splintered from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when leaders there agreed to ban polygamy to appease the United States government.
FLDS believers saw polygamy as a founding and important principle of their faith, decreed by church founder Joseph Smith. And they didn’t want to abandon it.
For years, they practiced plural marriage and followed their own leaders.
In 2002, Warren Jeffs became the new prophet over the FLDS community. And he made a strict faith even stricter. He banned most “modern” things, including sports, the internet, public education, books, music and television.
Because of those edicts, there were no school or community sport teams, with the majority of the town following his direction.
The town has slowly become more secular. In 2014, the first public high school in more than a decade opened there. In 2015, they held their first basketball game. And in 2017, Hildale officially elected its first non-FLDS mayor, meaning the area was led for the first time by someone outside the faith.
That brings us to this year and the biggest sporting event ever held in Hildale: the football game at Water Canyon High School on Aug. 12.
Many of the boys on the team have families that left the FLDS faith, and they said it’s a big and welcome change for them to be able to compete on the gridiron for the first time.
Before the game, Coach Heber Horsley was nervous. Few in the town had ever seen a football game, and he didn’t know if they’d know how to react. Years before, with the first basketball game, the parents in the crowd were silent.
And most of the boys on the team have never played football before now.
Many in Hildale are related and share the same last name. On the football team of 36 players, nine have the surname of Barlow and three of Jessop — the most common name in this town.
Here’s the full roster of all the boys on the inaugural team.
Reporter Courtney Tanner and photographer Trent Nelson went down to Hildale to watch the first game.
Nelson has been covering the area for more than 20 years and has witnessed its changes firsthand.
It was Tanner’s first time there, and she loved seeing the excitement. The community welcomed both of us and many were happy to talk about their hope for the team.
It was a marvel to see the stadium lights shine on the field, with sod planted in the red dirt and the scraggly buttes outlined behind the stands. It’s an image we won’t forget any time soon.
ST. GEORGE — From spectating an armed combat group’s battle to participating in a quest for the Holy Grail, Hildale is set to have its very first Medieval Days Renaissance Faire in a few weeks.“The real reason I’m doing this event is because I like doing events and things for the community,” said Alec Cox, founder of the Medieval Days Renaissance Faire in Hildale. “I feel like I didn’t get to go to enough events when I was younger. I enjoy making people happy.”Cox...
ST. GEORGE — From spectating an armed combat group’s battle to participating in a quest for the Holy Grail, Hildale is set to have its very first Medieval Days Renaissance Faire in a few weeks.
“The real reason I’m doing this event is because I like doing events and things for the community,” said Alec Cox, founder of the Medieval Days Renaissance Faire in Hildale. “I feel like I didn’t get to go to enough events when I was younger. I enjoy making people happy.”
Cox, the renaissance-loving man behind the event, said he’s put on many events, such as dances, barbecues and even a country fair. This year, he turned his love for events into an official business, ABC and Co. Events. With a love for strategy games, knights, battles and armies, he has attended many medieval festivals and wanted to bring the event home.
“I started talking about the idea of the event with family, and they had this deer in the headlights look, knowing how I am with events,” he said. “I just jumped off the deep end.”
With a full schedule of events, this two-day Renaissance fair will feature fun for all ages, along with a performance by the Armored Combat Worldwide Salt Lake City Crusaders, who Cox said are part of the nationwide league of armored sword fighters.
This MMA-style sport includes combatants who wear real medieval armor and use real medieval weapons to defeat opponents in individual or team battles. All armor and weapons must be accurate to historical records of various countries around the world between the years 1200- 1599 CE.
The Knights of Mayhem, a group of professional jousters will perform as the main attraction, led by Captain Charlie “Sir Charles” Mason Andrews. Andrews is a 12-time reigning World Champion in Heavy Armor Full Contact Jousting and also has a show on the National Geographic Channel.
“They fight with steel weapons and they beat the heck out of each other,” Cox said about the Nights of Mayhem. “They want me to have an EMT there for them in case anything happens. They slam each other and throw each other on the ground. The only rule is no stabbing, and that’s it.”
The Adrian Empire, a nonprofit organization, will be at the event allowing attendees the chance to practice archery with a longbow and medieval crossbow. Phat Axe also will be in attendance with their axe-throwing trailer.
Foam swords and shields will be available for “larp-ing” (live action role playing), with a four-way tournament featuring three group age group entries – ages 6-8, 9-12 and 13 and older. There also will be a book signing with T.R. Stirling, author of “Incarnum,” a story of adventure, romance, dragons and magic, along with a drawing to win a signed copy of the book.
No medieval experience is complete without a quest for the greatest treasures, and Cox said the Holy Grail Quest will be fun for attendees of all ages. In the quest, participants are sent by a king to complete a quest for the Holy Grail. The quest will include 20 different characters such as Robinhood, Sheriff Nottingham, Draco the dragon, Merlin the wizard, the Frenchman and Black Night from Monty Python and more.
Participants will interact with the characters until they gain seven tokens, which are considered “tokens of good deeds.” Friar Tuck will then give participants the Holy Grail, which is returned to the king. Each person will be entered into a drawing and have the chance to try and pull the sword out of the stone.
Cox said he hand built a setup for the sword in the stone. When the contraption is turned on, the arm pinches the sword tight, making it impossible to remove. Remotely controlled, the winner of the drawing will be able to pull the sword out with ease and showcase victory.
The event stage will feature live music and stand-up comedians, along with David Vasquez, who will perform sorcery and magic three times a day. A variety of food trucks will be on location offering barbecue, burgers, mini donuts, Italian ice and more.
A variety of workshops will take place at the event, including a local woodworking company that will cut out sword handles, blades, hilts and shields, allowing kids to learn the sword assembly and put it together themselves. Blacksmith Adventures from Kanab will teach attendees how to heat nail spikes and smith them into a sword.
Children’s activities include medieval-themed bouncy house inflatables, a wipeout pad, a rock climbing pillar and booth games such as a ring toss and catapults. Prize drawings will include an Ace Hardware $200 gift card, a guitar from Dixie Guitar King, a shotgun, metal art, keepsake boxes, a Traeger smoker grill and more.
All vendors, volunteers and entertainers will dress up to match the Medieval Days Renaissance theme and Cox said he will dress up as William Wallace from Braveheart. Attendees are encouraged but not required to dress up for the event. Costumes will be available for purchase.
Give the entire family the medieval experience, live as royalty, watch knights clash with swords and steel and enjoy feats of prowess from horseback at the Medieval Days Renaissance Fair held Sept. 30 to Oct. 1 at Maxwell Canyon in Hildale. Visit the Medival Days Renaissance Faire on Facebook and Instagram for updates.
Cox said he plans to make the Hildale Medieval Days Renaissance Faire a yearly event and is looking for additional sponsors. They have partnered with Short Creek Festivities, which is a presenting sponsor of the event. As a registered nonprofit, all sponsorships and donations to the Hildale Medieval Days are tax-deductible.
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HILDALE — The first medieval fair for the Hildale and Colorado City areas on the Utah and Arizona border saw success for the event on Friday and Saturday.The event saw a couple of hundred attendees on Friday but more than double that on Saturday.With multiple attendees in costumes, ranging from knights to wizards, elves to pirates, kings to queens, Robin Hoods to friars, and dragons to even a Donald Duck, they found something to do at every corner and center of the park. The costume which drew a lot of at...
HILDALE — The first medieval fair for the Hildale and Colorado City areas on the Utah and Arizona border saw success for the event on Friday and Saturday.
The event saw a couple of hundred attendees on Friday but more than double that on Saturday.
With multiple attendees in costumes, ranging from knights to wizards, elves to pirates, kings to queens, Robin Hoods to friars, and dragons to even a Donald Duck, they found something to do at every corner and center of the park. The costume which drew a lot of attention was William Wallace, Braveheart, who happened to be event organizer Alec Cox.
The costumed attendees were able to experience a wide range of activities, including sword fighting, archery, axe throwing, live entertainment, climbing, forging, and more.
One such event was the “Touch of Fire” provided by the Blacksmith Adventures of Kanab. This workshop has participants learn how to make a duplex nail into a miniature sword. The workshop was perfect for all people ages 5 and up and helped them understand the art of blacksmithing and forging.
Another area of the park was designated for live-action role-play, where participants could role-play different characters and even had knights fighting for the praise of the king and queen, as well as the affection of the princess. While that took place, the sword in the stone was nearby, and the youth tried to pull the sword out of the stone to no avail. A couple of knights who were successful in pulling the sword from the stone on Saturday won prizes.
They had multiple performance groups, such as the Salt Lake City Crusaders, in which all members regularly compete in Armored Combatives. Armored Combatives is a sport involving full contact such as might be found in sports like MMA. However, unlike in MMA, the competitors fight in full armor suits and use real weapons.
Each competitor wears a full suit of armor, which weighs approximately 75-100 lbs. and is hand-forged or custom-made to fit the competitor. The competitors competed in a series of competitions, including 3×3 melee, one-on-one duels with weapons, team melee, and even a grappling match of knocking each other off their feet to win.
The competitors included veteran knights and two new knights, Alex and Tallon. The Crusaders, earlier in the month of September, recently won a gold medal in the national competition for the sport and for Armored Combat Worldwide. The Black Knight, an armored combative sports veteran, relayed how he missed the tryouts day for BYU football and found the Crusaders organization, changing his direction in life from there.
The knights consist of both men and women. Among the Crusaders is two knights from Southern Utah, known as Nick Hostility and Eliza Dragonslayer.
They also had the Knights of Mayhem, a professional group of jousting knights. This group was led by “Sir Charles” Mason Andrews, a 12-time reigning World Champion in Heavy Armor Full Contact Jousting. Andrews also has his own show on the National Geographic channel with the title same as his group. The Knights of Mayhem television show has been going on since 2011.
Their entertainment shows were the main attractions between the Salt Lake City Crusaders and the Knights of Mayhem.
Austin “The Blue Steel Knight” of the Crusaders, took time to converse about the new event and explain more about their group. They also have a YouTube Channel which teaches as well as introduces everyone to the sport of being a knight.
“As far as being a knight and fighting in armor, it’s very difficult fighting in the sun, but luckily today, the weather is beautiful… and we are really able to really show our stuff as we are trying to make sure the crowd is able to have an authentic experience,” the Blue Steel Knight said.
The majority of the attendees were from Southern Utah. Most youths reported they wanted to see the knights and dress up. However, on Friday, several mothers and youth reported they were there for school as all explained they were homeschooled and saw this as an opportunity to learn the history and culture of medieval times.
On Friday, there was a family from southern California present. They just saw social media posts about it and were traveling through, so they stopped to check out the fun.
The first medieval-themed event for Hildale was a success, with multiple vendors and entertainment providers already making plans to attend next year’s Medieval Days Renaissance Faire, including the Blue Steel Knight and the rest of the Salt Lake City Crusaders.
“It has been fantastic being here in Hildale. Everyone has been extremely kind and welcoming,” Austin the Blue Steel Knight said. “This is our first time coming down to the Hildale area for an event, and we definitely want to come back next year.”
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