Medieval jousters on Wednesday night raised money for wholly different kinds of athletics at Ceres and Central Valley high schools.
Diamond Bar Arena played host once again to the Imperial Knights, which stages fights involving horses, armored riders, lances and other weaponry.
About 600 people turned out for the dinner show at the arena, south of Ceres. The proceeds will go to sports programs at the two schools, buying items such as soccer goals, basketball hoops and championship team T-shirts, said Shawna Nunes, athletic director at Ceres High.
The show has been put on for the same purpose several times in recent years. Each school hoped to raise $5,000 to $6,000 from the 2014 version, but the final numbers are not in, Nunes said Thursday.
The idea came about when the Imperial Knights, based near Riverside, contacted arena owner Shane Parson about using it as a stopover during road trips. Now, Diamond Bar is part of the show circuit, providing a glimpse of life in the Europe of old.
“It was a blast,” Nunes said. “It’s an exposure to a different culture.”
The event was sponsored by the Ceres Unified School District, the Ceres Chamber of Commerce and the city.