Held at Arroyo Seco Park, Pasadena, CA. Rashid the Fool was the autocrat. Princess Lorissa presided over first court. Next to her was her trusty headsman with bare chest and dark blue hood. Those peasants displaying finery were called forward to grovel and pay a fine. One of these was Jason Griffiths of Shadowhyrst. Others were Lord Alewaulf the Red, Lindia of Woodlyn, and Trey of Woodlyn. Rashid presented Her Highness with a full grown radish which looked suspiciously like Duryn the Carrot all in red. A game of pass-the-shoe was played after opening court, followed by a game of dodge ball. The Lists were in the form of a Bubble Gum Blowing Competition, sponsored and directed by Rashid, the local Arab urchin. The men did not fare so well, perhaps because of an instinctive fear of bubble gum beard. The victor was Lady Maria Alesandre de Rohese who delicately blew an immense bubble and then delicately extracted it from her mouth intact. However Sweet Kate gave Maria some competition, and as a result there was a 2-out-of-three final round. Maria edged out her competitor to become the Burdica’s Bubble Blowing Champion.
There followed a game of Duke, Duke, Duchess, with the innovation that the little girls playing did not have to kiss the men but could shake their hand instead. There was a great melee with water balloons and some very soaked people, which essentially became a children’s crusade against Robear the Headsman, who fought valiantly whilst he could, but finally lay down and dried.
The main event at Closing Court was the judging of the cartoon contests (Draw a Balin and a passing helm) by applause. The clear winner was Fredrick of Woodlyn. About this time Piers Howells de Cambria and Ximena Aubel de Cambria had resigned as Baron and Baroness of the Angels. They agreed to remain as Vicar and Vicaress until their replacements could be found.
[The men did not fare so well, perhaps because of an instinctive fear of bubble gum beard.] “There is a great picture of Robear blowing a bubble with his Headsman mask on. Does any one have a copy of it?”
[The clear winner was Fredrick of Woodlyn.] “It was two separate contests, Draw "a Balin" and draw "passing the helm". I won both with one cartoon.” – Fredrick of Woodlyn
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