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The Thirteenth Year

Middle Eastern Tournament and Overnight Revel -- (Incipient) Shire of Black Fens
July 22-23, 1978 (AS XIII)

From The Page (July, 1978):

The incipient Shire of Black Fens is pleased to invite the Citizens of the West to this unusual event. Everyone is encouraged to wear Middle Eastern garments. The winner of the Lists will be Sultan for the Evening. There will also be melees and challenges, and an official Royal Round.

On Saturday evening, the Shire will provide a roasted beast for the evening Feast. The populace is asked to provide Middle Eastern finger foods for the pot luck table. Dancing, music, and appropriate games will fill the evening. Egyptian Slides will be shown during the feast.

On Sunday morning, there will be challenges, melees, and an individual Archery Competition for a prize. The ladies will make bread in the kiln for the luncheon, which will be Pot Luck, with any remains from the feast, and anything the people have to offer. There will then be more dancing and games, followed by Closing Court.

SOME OF THE CONTESTS: Best Decorated Middle Eastern Vest; Most Delicious Foods Contributed to the Feast; Best Costumes; A Chess Tournament; A Heraldry Contest for the Official Device of the Shire of Black Fens (we want something simple, graphic, of a Moorish or crusader nature, black and gold, powerful, and must look good with or without a laurel wreath). Other contests will be spontaneous. There must be three entrants for each contest.

There will be plenty of camp space, water, and eupemisms, some refrigerator space, a fire pit, but no electricity. Black Fens tent will sleep several persons without tents of their own. There is a fenced yard for children, but help is needed to look after them.

AN EVENT FEE of $3 for adults, and 50cents for children, will defray the costs. For information, get in touch with Stevanna of Houghton (contact info omitted) or Allysen of Dunrobin at (phone omitted).

Description of this event, from The Page.

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