Williamsburg attraction to host sword swallowing event

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A participant, Dan Meyer, during a previous World Sword Swallower’s Day celebration. (Photo courtesy Ripley’s Believe It or Not)

Believe it or not, sword swallowing is still a thing. And it’s coming to the Historic Triangle.

Ripley’s Believe it or Not will host World Sword Swallower’s Day in Williamsburg on Feb. 25, according to a release.

The event will feature Cyrus Pynn, known as “Cydeshow Cy.” It will also show how sword swallowers have contributed to medicine and science.

“Sword swallowers have been prodded and examined by doctors and scientists in the name of science for the past 150 years, often without being recognized for their contributions,” Dan Meyer, president of Sword Swallowers Association International, said in the release. “We want to change that.”

Pynn will showcase his sword swallowing prowess, as well as other feats.

The free show at Ripley’s Williamsburg Odditorium, 1735 Richmond Rd., starts at 2 p.m. The sword-swallowing finale will be at 2:25 p.m.

For more information, visit www.ripleys.com.