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Joust Entertainment
A large and exuberant crowd of about 700 persons turned out at Diamond Bar Arena Tuesday evening, Sept. 14, to cheer on their favorite horse-mounted members of the Imperial Knights. The dinner and entertainment show raised between $10,000 and $20,000 for the Ceres High and Central Valley High athletic programs.

The event was cosponsored by the city of Ceres and the Ceres Chamber of Commerce.

"I think it went great," said Shane Parson, owner of Diamond Bar Arena. "The Lions Club did a great job on the meat this year. We sold 20 more tables than we did last year."

The arena hosted the first Imperial Knights event in 2009.

The Imperial Knights Production Company, which is based in Norco, Calif., presented a show with about eight players in a similar fashion to the Medieval Times venue in Southern California and Orlando, Fla. Knights jousted and put on a medieval type show as well as offered displays of weaponry.

"The audience had a great time," commented Parson.

Parson said last week's event was a major production with 63 dinner tables sold at $300 per table and other spectators in the bleachers who shelled out $10 a head. Those who dined feasted on turkey legs barbecued by members of the Ceres Lions Club, salad, beans and dinner roll. Food was served by notable community members acting as wenches and servants.

Parson said he noticed a slight decrease in the numbers of spectators who turned out to watch and not dine.

The traveling show was introduced to Ceres in 2009 when the traveling troupe called Parson about the possibility of boarding horses on the way up and down Highway 99 to venues.