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Battle of Nations Takes Over Fairgrounds
The Illinois State Fairgrounds will be a war zone this weekend. Team USA is preparing to host its final qualifier on Saturday at the livestock arena. The match will determine who represents the country at the annual Battle of Nations, which is being held in Paris later this year. The event features competitors fighting in full medieval armor in individual events and five-on-five battles.
"Nowhere else in the world can you see men, with this type of aggression level, in full armor, and steel weapons, fighting in no-holds-barred combat," Team USA member Brad Chiave said. "It just doesn't happen. This is it."
Saturday's qualifier runs from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person or $20 for an entire family.
Last year, Team USA finished fourth out of 12 countries when they competed in Poland.