Held in Sherwood, OR. This is an international event, with the towns of Sherwood and Nottingham, England, competing simultaneously in an archery competition. The final scores at Sherwood are sent to Nottingham and vice versa, and the town with the highest scores is judged the winner. So far, in several years of competition, the town of Sherwood has consistently won over the town of Nottingham. The members of the Barony attend and put on demonstrations to add to the color and pomp. This year a prize tourney was held at the site, presided over by Prince Steingrim and Princess Hrefna. Sir Jerald of Galloway was the autocrat. An 8/4 blow competition was held, with each fighter getting only eight blows, and with the Princess having the option to award an extra four blows to fighters who pleased her. Prince Steingrim was the winner. The second event was two-man teams, won by Prince Steingrim and Manfred der Blutfalfe. The final contest was one-on-one fighting, won by Eric Blackhand. Gairlock of Stormbringer was the Mistress of the Lists. Prince Steingrim abducted Maid Marian. A champion (Blackhand) was appointed to rescue her. Prince Steingrim appointed Sir Frederic of the WestTower as his champion, but Blackhand won, thus freeing Maid Marian. Not to be outdone the ladies abducted the Sheriff and his men and locked them up in their jail, releasing them at the price of buying each of the ladies an Orange Crush.
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