Shire of Ramsgaard tournament held at Agriplex in Barriere

Eat, drink and be merry seemed to be the order of the day

Above and below:  Contestants participating in the Rapier “Frozen Lily” inspirational tournament at the North Thompson Agriplex Oct. 17.  Rapier contests are fought with steel swords and is based on honour and chivalry; a form of fighting that came about in the late 1400’s

Above and below: Contestants participating in the Rapier “Frozen Lily” inspirational tournament at the North Thompson Agriplex Oct. 17. Rapier contests are fought with steel swords and is based on honour and chivalry; a form of fighting that came about in the late 1400’s

Lords and ladies from the Shire of Ramsgaard kingdom gathered at the North Thompson Agriplex last weekend to ring out the harvest season for their 2015 Freeze Off Tournament with attendees coming from all over B.C. and as far away as Edmonton.  Eat, drink and be merry seemed to be the order of the day with members of Ramsgaard turning out in period costumes complete with weaponry to match.

The epic Rapier “Frozen Lily” inspirational tournament, the stupendously silly “Wacky Weapons” heavy tournament and colourful archery contests highlighted the weekend.  There were also workshops on embroidery, writing in runes and more.

The Shire of Ramsgaard group hails from Kamloops and are a member of The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA).  SCA is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. Their “Known World” consists of 20 kingdoms, with over 30,000 members residing in countries around the world. Members, dressed in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, attend events which feature tournaments, royal courts, feasts, dancing, various classes and workshops, and more.

Find out more by going to: http://ramsgaard.wix.com