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The Twenty-third Year

Ducal Prize Tourney -- Kingdom of the West / Land Fund

September 3-5, 1988 (AS XXIII)

From The Page (June, 1988):

This year's Ducal Prize Tourney for the Benefit of the Land Fund will be held on Labor Day Weekend, September 3, 4, and 5. The site is Lion's Grove Park in Vakkerfjell (Marysville), about one hour north of Sacramento. The site is easy to get to, and will open Friday at 1 pm.

And now the pleas for HELP. As in the past, Ducal Prize will consist entirely of auctions and competitions for fighters and nonofighters. The help we need at this time is donations -- of prizes for the competitions, of items for auction, and of suggestions for competitions. We have already received some donations; chocolate cheesecake, a personalized medallion, a dinner for four to be cooked at October Crown, a scarab ring, and goblets. We need many more donations to make the event a success, and we hope to hear from you soon! Remember that donations of services as well as goods are acceptable. For instance, you might donate time as "servant for the day" at an upcominig event or offer to sew a banner or make a tunic. Even if you can't afford to buy a prize to donate, you can contribute to the Land Fund by giving your time.

The site has grass, trees, a river to swim in, and flush privies. It also has a low enough price that we are considering waiving the gate fee. Please note that the gate to the park will be locked at 11 pm. This is park policy, and we will not be able to get an exemption from this rule. However, we will run a shuttle from the gate until 1 am for the sake of those who are delayed on the road.

To make a donation, or for more information about the event, the site, or the Land Fund, call Eilis O'Boirne at (phone) or write Ducal Prize, (address). The best times to call are Monday and Tuesday evenings.

From The Page (July, 1988):

This year's Ducal Prize Tourney for the Benefit of the Land Fund will be held on labor Day Weekend, September 3, 4, and 5. The site is Lion's Grove Park in Vakkerfjell (Marysville), about one hour north of Sacramento.
      Plans for the event are taking shape. There will be fighting competitions on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, which will include both lists and melees. A list of exactly which fighting competitions are planned for which day will appear in next month's Page. There will also be many activities for nonfighters, including a quest run by Arron Renyard, a hand-kissing competition, competitions In the performing arts, and contests for both bonniest and boniest knees. Further competitions will be announced next month. You may wish to begin working on entries for some of the competitions ahead of time. For instance, there will be a contest for the best cartoon with an SCA theme. Entries should be drawn with black ink on white paper, and should be no larger than 8 1/2 X 11. All entries will be sent to the Page for possible publication. There will be a contest for the best-told persona story, with separate division for serious and humerous entries. This contest will take place in the evening, around the fire. This does not have to be your OWN persona story, just an interesting one.
      We still need donations of prizes and auction items, and suggestions for competitions. We also need volunteers to help with the running of the event. If you would like to lend a hand, please call Ellis at the number below.
      The site will be Lion's Grove Park in Vakkerijell (Marysville), about one hour north of Sacramento. The site will open Friday at 1 pm, and has grass, trees, a river for swimming, and flush privies. The gate to the park will be locked at 11 pm (park policy), but we will run a shuttle until 1 am in case folks have been delayed on the road. Since the charges for the paark were so low, THERE WILL BE NO SITE FEE.
      To donate prizes and auction items, or to find out more about the site, the event, or the Land Fund, call Ellis O'Boirne at (phone) or write Ducal Prize, (address). The best times to call are Monday and Tuesday evenings.

From The Page (August, 1988):

This year's Ducal Prize Tourney for the Benefit of the Land Fund will be held on Labor Day Weekend, September 3, 4, and 5. The site is Lion's Grove Park In Vakkerfjell (Marysville), about one hour north of Sacramento. The site is easy to get to, and will open on Friday at 1 pm. THERE WILL BE NO SITE FEE!

A preliminary schedule has been set up as follows:
FRIDAY
1 pm Site opens
4 pm Contest sign-ups open
6 pm Contest sign-ups close for the evening
6:30 pm Special requests bardic circle begins
11 pm Gate will be locked
SATURDAY
6:30 am Contest sign-ups open
10 am Opening court and announcements
11 am Armor Inspection begins
11:30 am First fighter auctions
Noon Fighting begins
After fight Auctions of food and other items and short court
6:30 pm Persona stories, bonny knees, bony knees, hand kissing
11 pm Gate closes
SUNDAY
Same as Saturday until
After fight Another auction and short court
7:30 pm Quest
9 pm Poetry/Song competition, singing competition
11 pm Gate closes
MONDAY
6:30 am Contest sign-ups open
10 am Armor inspection
10:30 am First fighter auction
11 am Ftghting begins
3 pm Final court and settling up bills
4 pm Tear down

Fighting scheduled for Saturday is as follows: a mass-weapon and shield list (two division: belted and unbelted), a pike or spear only melee, a tag-team melee with three-man teams. and a Ducal team melee with three to five man teams each headed by a Duke or Duchess. On Sunday, we will have a sword and shield list (two divisions: belted and unbelted), a greatsword melee, a poleweapon melee, and a resurrection melee (additional lives will be auctioned off.) On Monday, we have scheduled a multi-weapon list, a Florentine melee, a two-man team melee with each team tied together, and a classic Shastan melee.

All melees will be fought three times and the winners of each melee will meet in a round-robin to determine first, second and third place winners. The mass-weapon and shield and the multi-weapon lists will be fought as single elimination lists, with each fight being the best two out of three. The sword and shield lists will be fought as standard double eliminations. Further explanations of the fighting events are available from Ellis (see below) and will also be available at the event.

Events are also being planned for non-fighters. In addition to the bardic, etc. activities mentioned above, there will be a scavenger hunt on Saturday, the popular fighter (and other competitor) auctions, footraces, hunkerhauser, and possibly archery. There will be competitions you can enter on the spur of the moment, as well as some you might wish to plan for in advance. Those include the cartoon competition announced last month, a contest for best heraldic garb, and the poetry/song competition planned for Sunday evening. The poem or song entered must be on the theme "The Dukes and/or Duchesses of the West."

On Sunday is a quest designed by Arron Renyard, game master extraordinaire. The quest will be for teams of no more than four, and no specialized skills are required. There will be eight enchanted places, and the quest will run for no more than one hour. The prize will be breakfast for four at October Crown. The team with the most tokens wins. The special requests bardic circle on Friday evening will be run as follows: for a fee, you can request a particular piece or a particular bard. For a larger fee, you can request a particular piece by a particular bard. Certain popular songs may be assessed a larger fee for repeat performances. All money will of course go to the land fund.

And now, as usual, the plea for HELP! We still need donations of prizes and auction items, and suggestions for competitions. We have already received some donations: chocolate cheesecake, a personalized medallion, trim, a dinner for four to be cooked at October Crown, a personalized banner, a scarab ring, goblets, a t-shirt painted with your device, embroidered cuffs. we need many, many more donations to make the event a success, and hope to hear from YOU soon! Remember that donations of services as well as goods are acceptable. Even if you can't afford to buy a prize to donate, you can contribute to the Land Fund by giving your time.

Another thing we are planning for the first time is the Ducal Prize Garage Sale. This is your chance to clear out your closet and garage, to get rid of the five yards of brocade that you bought because it was a deal, to donate your old wooden plates to a good cause. We will accept any SCA-related items (including garb) that you don't need any more, and we'll sell it for whatever we can get for it.

The site has grass, trees, a river to swim in and flush privies. Please note that the gate to the park will be locked at 11 pm. This is park policy, and we will not be able to get an exemption from this rule. However, we WILL run a shuttle from the gate until 1 am for the sake of those who are delayed on the road.

We are looking for volunteers to help with running the competitions and the Garage Sale, marshalling, running the lists, and doing all the thousand and other things necessary. Please plan to give us an hour or two of your time.

To donate prizes and auction items, or to find out more about the site, the event, or the Land Fund, call Eilis O'Boirne at (contact info omitted). The best times to call are Monday and Tuesday evenings. Eilis will also accept items at any event she's at before Ducal Prize, although if you are bringing something bulky, you should check first to make sure that there's still room in her car.

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Description of this event (if any), taken from The Page, or from memory of at least one person who attended the event.


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