You may hear some accents from around the world as you are out and about this weekend.
Contestants from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Israel and, Canada are in town to participate in the Battle of the Nations at the fairgrounds Saturday. Mayor Mike Houston says the medival re-enactors bring a huge contingent of fans to the city.
“The Battle of Nations is an exciting sport. It draws huge crowds wherever it is held around the world. Here in Springfield, we like to think we are on the front lines of GROWING the popularity of the sport with US audiences,” Houston says.
This is the first time the event has been held in the US and organizer Brad Schiave hopes that Team USA and Springfield make this an annual event.
“We have a huge fan base here in the US but unfortunately most can only view the battles on the internet,” says Schiave.
Doors open at 11am Saturday for the noon event at the Livestock Building on the fairgrounds.