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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: HHS seniors play Medieval games

Hendersonville High School's Class of 2015 arm wrestled, jousted on a saw horse and feasted on barbecued pig during the annual Medieval Banquet.

A tradition since 1993, the Medieval Banquet started when teacher Walt Cottingham provided seniors an opportunity to celebrate the works they had read in class including "The Canterbury Tales" and "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight."

"More than two decades later, the event has become an eagerly-anticipated tradition at Hendersonville High and continues to serve as a way for students to connect with their studies outside the classroom," English teacher Jonathan Rich wrote. Students create a coat of arms representing their school activities, family, personal interests and goals. They decorate the old gymnasium with the shields.

The Medieval Banquet King and Queen are determined by arm wrestling.

One glitch this year. The event usually features a whole hog that is displayed around the gym floor before the banquet begins. This year, organizers said, there's a major pig shortage and there was no whole hog to be found in North Carolina. Hubba Hubba barbecue in Flat Rock came through with the barbecue feast.