From The Page (July, 1988):
Come one! Come all! Help Rivenoak Shire celebrate their Championship/Demo
Tourney, August 19-21 in conjunction with the Robin Hood Days Celebration sponsored
by the Chico Chamber of Commerce. We have free use of a beautiful, large park site in
exchange for doing demos in archery, fighting and whatever else we want to do
(hopefully dancing and arts and sciences), and adding costumes and color to Robin Hood
The site will be Five-Mile Dam Picnic Area, which has green grass, lots of shade trees, flush privies, showers (cold), barbecue pits, picnic tables, a large fire ring for bardic circle, and a swimming area (with lifeguards) in the nearby flowing stream. Five Mile Picnic Area is located in Bidwell Park, which was the setting for the Robin Hood movie with Erroll Flynn. As this site is practically ideal for a major event (except for being rather public) we would like to take full advantage of this opportunity and give the Robin Hood Days committee their money's worth.
The Shire Championship Competition will include: target archery (some loaner equipment available); fighting; heraldic display (banners, shields, surcoats, etc.); performance (sing, play, recite, dance, juggle, etc.); cookery (prepare a snack suitable for tourney, easy to fix, convenient to eat, nourishing, include recipe). Contestants will help judge the competitions. There will be prizes for each competition as well as a baldric and glory for overall winner. It is not necessary to enter every event to compete. The winner will be decided by total points. Additional competitions will include a Sheriff Nottingham Shoot and a William Tell Shoot. Prizes will include a bag of gold (chocolate) coins. We would like to encourage anyone who wants to sponsor a competition. Perhaps a benefit for your favorite SCA cause?
Entertainers are encouraged to attend. We would particularly like a volunteer to teach dancing. Merchants are very welcome and there will be no special fees or restrictions.
SITE RULES: As this site has never been available before for overnight camping, and we would like it to be available to the SCA in the future, it is very important that all rules be obeyed and that the site be left as clean as we find It. The primary park rule is NO GLASS CONTAINERS. This applies to disposable beverage or food containers -- a period container that you obviously would not discard would be exempt. GARBAGE: As no site fee is being charged, no dumpsters will be provided. Please come prepared to haul your own garbage away. PARENTS, please be prepared to supervise your children carefully due to the stream flowing through the site.
This event is still tentative, as we are still negotiating with the Parks Commission for the necessary permits. Look for more information and directions in the August Page.
AUTOCRATS: Morberie of Tor Denley and Arthur Lemner of Wesley. Call (contact info omitted).
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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