Balfar's Challenge

TRM will be in attendance

Hosted by Barony of Dragonship Haven - Meriden, CT

Event date: April 22nd, 2017

Event Last Modified: March 3rd, 2017

COVID-19 Statement

The East Kingdom and the event staff are committed to making sure that our friends & families stay safe. Kingdom guidelines for COVID safety change often. Masks that conform to CDC standards and worn properly over the nose and mouth are required of all attendees over the age of 2 in all indoor spaces or in public tents or pop-ups with 3 or 4 walls up and may only be lowered briefly for eating or drinking. Masks are optional when outdoors and we encourage frequent handwashing and social distancing. Please take whatever steps you feel are necessary for your own sense of safety beyond the stated mandates.

All persons over the age of 5 are now required to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of the event. All persons over the age of 18 must also present government issued photo ID or a valid SCA membership card. Please have these in hand when checking in.

Although the SCA complies with all applicable laws to ensure the health and safety of our event participants, we cannot eliminate the risk of exposure to infectious diseases during in-person events. By participating in the in-person events of the SCA, you acknowledge and accept the potential risks. You agree to take any additional steps to protect your own health and safety and those under your control as you believe to be necessary.

Event details

Soon it will be spring again and the Barony of Dragonship Haven with our beloved Duke Balfar von Grunwald invites the great martial artists of the East Kingdom to test their mettle in our annual competitions.  Gather into teams of three fighters, three fencers, three archers or three weapons-throwers and plan for a busy day of competition against other skilled teams.  Prizes will be presented in court for the best team in each of these martial categories.  The usual rules apply to the three-person teams in all areas:  there may be no more than one KNIGHT per rattan team or one Martial Order of High Merit on any (relevant)team (only 1 Saggitarius on an archery team or 1 OGR on a fencing team, or 1 OTC on a Rattan team).  The MoL will clarify any changes to the heavy list rules before the tourney begins. 

Teams can be made up in advance or our Mistress of Lists will help you find companions to make up a team.  Think of a name for yourselves (Please pick one that is NOT one too crude to be announced in court.)

We are hoping to see the East Kingdom's finest rattan fighters scuffle fiercely, testing their skills, shaking off the effects of the long dark winter and making new friends. 

Fencers of all abilities will have the opportunity to compete in an excellent tourney designed by Don Jean Michel le Vode to challenge and please every fencer.  There will also be a longsword only cut and thrust turny.

For the archers of the East, come try your luck on the range no matter what your skill level!

A thrown weapons range will be set up and an interesting tourney is planned by Lord Leon the Navigator for the enjoyment of all and to determine the next baronial champion.  There will also be a youth tournament. 

Sir Cedric of Armorica will be holding youth combat.

Young and old alike are invited to play period table top games in the picnic pavilion.  Bring yours and/or learn some new ones with ours. 

For non-fighters, there will be plenty of good company and exciting contests to watch.  We are anticipating merchants with rare and strange offerings from all corners of the Knowne World and beyond. 

Lord Agapios Cargos is issuing a new heraldic challenge this year.  Create anything with your arms on them and display them with an actual image of your arms.  winners will be selected in the categories of use of arms, complexity of item and overall favorite. 

The spectacular Balfar's Challenge Dayboard will be prepared by Master Jaji with his bold and glorious assistants.  As usual, it will be varied and hearty with special items added throughout the day.  Please contact the Kitchener with any dietary concerns at

Site Opens: 9:30 AM (8:30 AM for those with tents to set up)
Site Closes: 7PM

Event Location

Mountain Mist Outdoor Center YMCA
567 High Hill Rd
Meriden, CT  06450
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Please Note:  Not all GPS directions are accurate and may send you to High Hill Road in Wallingford which does not connect through to High Hill Road in Meriden. 

I-91 South:
1.Take exit 19 Preston Ave.  exit.
2.At the end of the ramp take a left.
3.Follow Preston Avenue until you reach the traffic light on the corner of East Main St.  and Preston Ave.
4.  Cross East Main St.  onto Cone Avenue.
Cone Avenue becomes Thorpe Avenue.
5.  Continue until you see High Hill road on your left.
6.  Turn left on to High Hill Road and follow to the very end.
7.  Mountain Mist will be on your left.

I-91 North:
1.  Take exit 16 East Main Street
2.  At the end of the ramp take a right.
3.  Proceed through three traffic lights.
4.  At the intersection of East Main and Preston Avenue, take a right on to Cone Avenue.  Cone Avenue becomes Thorpe Avenue.
5.  Continue until you see High Hill Road on your left.
6.  Turn left on to High Hill Road and follow to the very end.
7.  Mountain Mist will be on your left.

I-691 East:
1.  Take exit 12 the Preston Ave.  exit.
2.  At the end of the ramp take a right onto Preston Avenue.
3.  Follow Preston Avenue until you reach the traffic light on the corner of E.  Main St.  and Preston Avenue.
4.  Cross East Main St.  onto Cone Ave.  Cone Ave.  becomes Thorpe Ave.
5.  Continue until you see High Hill road on your left
6.  Turn left on to High Hill Road and follow to the very end.
7.  Mountain Mist will be on your left.

IF you are heading NORTH on I-91 (from New Haven) and your GPS/Google directions indicate taking exit 15 off I-91, DISREGARD this and continue on to exit 17 (see directions above). 
If you follow GPS and get off at exit 15, DISREGARD the "slight right up a road with a sign 'High Hill Orchard' off of Thorpe Road." (this will take you to an impassable gravel track.) INSTEAD continue about one more mile further on Thorpe Road to High Hill Road on the right. 

Registration Fees

Adult SCA member over 17 years with proof of membership:  $15.00
Adult non-SCA-member Over 17 years:  $20 ($15+$5 non-member surcharge)
Children 13-17 years of age:  $5
Children 12 and under:  no charge.  Enjoy the day!
There will be a family cap of $40
Site fee includes a generous dayboard prepared by Chef Master Jaji and his drop-dead gorgeous kitchen crew. 

No Feast is planned but a generous day board from 12 to 4:30PM is included in the site fee

Make Checks Payable to: SCA Inc.  Barony of Dragonship Haven

Contact Information

Event Steward:

Lord Agapios Cargos
(mka:  Jeffrey Cargos)
p:  203-415-4505

co-event steward:Mistess Renye Wurm

Merchant streward:  lady Dionisia

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There is no charge for merchant space,
Be advised that there is no roofed merchant space nor extra tables available on site.  There is no electricity at the merchant area.  But we do love merchants.