Carolingian Baronial Championships

Archery and Thrown Weapons

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

Bedford, MA


In the name of Baron Fergus and Baroness Imigla, all gentles are invited to attend the Archery and Thrown Weapons Competitions for the Barony of Carolingia on Saturday, August 25th, 2012. During the day, the mighty archers and weapons throwers of Carolingia will compete to choose the best among them for the Baronial Champions.

The event will be on the Town Fields of Bedford, MA, (01730) located on Mudge Way (no street number).

Admission to the event is $5 for adults, $4 for youth aged 11-18, and free for children 10 and under. Adults who are not SCA members will be charged an additional $5 per person (per policy of SCA, Inc). If you intend to compete for any of the honors this day, please read the information below on the competitions and register your intentions at the gate. There will also be space provided for fencers to who wish to practice their art.

Set-up for archery and thrown weapons will begin at 8:00am, and the site will open at 9am and close at 6pm. Assistance in setting up and breaking down the ranges is always welcome, and gentles arriving before 9am or remaining after 6pm are assumed to have volunteered. In addition, all marshals willing to assist in executing the tourneys should contact the autocrat or the outgoing champions.

No food will be provided at the event. Please ensure you have provisions with you, or make plans to obtain food from a Bedford-area merchant. On the way to the site from the highway, you will pass Denny's, McDonald's, Friendly's, Stop & Shop, Papa Gino's, Dunkin Donuts, CVS, and Boston Market. There is a playground and skate park next to the fields, but there will be no supervision provided for the playground or skate park.

Shade is limited, so gentles may wish to bring a small shade canopy for comfort. There is no space for changing; please plan accordingly. Dogs are allowed at the site, but please make sure they are kept on a leash or in a pen for their own safety.


Tourney sign-up will begin at 9:00am at the Gate. Inspection and warm-ups will begin at 10am, and the tourneys will begin promptly at 10:30am. The archery tourney and the thrown weapons tourney will be held concurrently until the fields have been narrowed to two or four contestants. Weapons throwers may compete using loaner equipment provided at the event. The finals for each event will be held individually so that all may enjoy them. A brief Baronial Court will be held after the finals of the events to invest the champions.

There is no age limit for participation. All are welcome to compete in the tourneys provided they have attended at least one SCA practice for the tourney art in question prior to the championship. While we welcome less experienced people and want very much to have as many people as possible join in the fun, we are unfortunately unable to provide instruction or a newcomer's range at this event prior to the Championships. Archery loaner equipment may or may not be available - please contact the autocrat if you want to make sure there is some.

Below is the champion's agreement, which anyone considering competing for champion should read and consider. Persons from out-of-barony and those who are not interested in becoming champion are still more than welcome to participate in our contests, to the make them all the more challenging and enjoyable.


1. I consider myself to be a Carolingian, hold no office or position in any other barony or shire that divides my loyalties as a champion of Carolingia, and actively participate in Carolingian activities.

2. It is understood that I may have personal fealty to individuals and to the crowns of the East in addition to my loyalties to Carolingia, and that I will resolve any potential conflicts of these fealties in a way consistent with my personal honor.

3. During my term I have the duty to defend and serve the Baron and the Barony of Carolingia, which I will do to the best of my ability.

4. I will make every effort to attend Carolingian court and to represent Carolingia on state occasions. I will try to participate in as many Carolingian Events as possible.

5. I will fight for the glory and honor of Carolingia whenever possible and will serve Carolingia against her foes in times of war.

6. I will strive to be an example of courtesy and chivalry, bringing honor to Carolingia through my actions on the field and my behavior towards others both on and off the field.

7. It is my duty to organize the format of the competition for my replacement, and to ensure that it takes place about one year after my selection.

8. I will bear the trust of Carolingia, and any champions regalia with pride, and will conclude my service well.


Find your best route to Rt 95/128 in MA. You will be traveling to the area that is north of the Mass Pike and south of Rt 3 and Rt 495. From Rt 95/128, take exit 31B, Bedford/Rts 4 & 225. Continue towards Great Road, Bedford, and proceed approximately 2.8 miles, passing through 6 traffic lights, and take a left on Mudge Way. You are approaching Mudge Way when you pass the Bedford Common (on your left) and head up the hill. Mudge Way is not well marked, so look for a large white wooden sign on the left listing Town Hall, Police, Town Center, etc, on the corner of Mudge and Great Road. If you reach the split for Rts 62 and 4, you have gone a block too far. A short distance down Mudge Way, you will see the fields on your left. Parking is immediately available adjacent to the fields.

There is ample parking near the fields, near the library, and near the high school. Additional parking is available on the other side of Town Hall.

The site is also accessible via the Rt 62/76 bus from Alewife Station.


The autocrat of this event is: Yelizaveta Medvedeva (Elizabeth Lear, 781-899-9468). (end)