ZAGREB, August 17, 2019 – The state ownership of the site in the municipality of Barban where the racecourse for the Prstenac Race medieval jousting tournament is located will be formally transferred to the local authorities of that Istrian town on Sunday.
The grant deed to that effect will be handed by State Assets Minister Mario Banožić to the municipal head, Dalibor Paus, on Sunday during the festivities on the final day of the 44th edition of the three-day tournament that began on Friday, according to a press release issued by the event’s organisers.
The grant deed will refer to the ground 17,039 square metres large at Gradišće.
Prime Minister Andrej Plenković will attend the ceremony of the delivery of the grant deed, according to the press release.
The office of the Croatian President says that President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović will also attend the final race of the tournament.
First mentioned in 1696 and revived by the town of Barban in 1976, the Prstenac Race is held every year on the third Sunday in August. The race features horsemen dressed in Istrian folk costumes, and they must cross a 150-metre track on horseback in 12 seconds and hit the prstenac iron ring with a spear.
This tournament has become an important tourist and cultural event, attracting several thousand visitors each summer.
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