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William Tell XXVIII

August 23, 2013 to August 25, 2013
River's Bend

Kelso & Longview-Cowlitz Counties, WA

Autocrat: Anderwyn na Sionan device3214OP

Commemorating the 28th year of The William Tell Tourney August 23-25th, the Shire of River's Bend welcomes one and all to attend this event being held at the Kalama Fairgrounds in Kalama Washington.

Combining our Heavies & Rapier Defenders and Archery Protector tournaments with our regular events this year promises to provide a very full schedule. In addition we have an Arts & Sciences competition and the Iron Missile competition in thrown weapons & archery. Our regular events include the William Tell Shoot, The Beast Who Shall Not Be Named Shoot, children archery events, the Adult/Child Shoot, Thrown weapons, classes on a variety of topics including archery and thrown weapons marshaling, a Movie Night with "Brave", Youth & Children's activities to include the archery & ice cream making, Heraldry consult table / Heraldry meeting, Friday Night's Travelers' meal for a cost of $4, A Hotdog/Sausage Dog sale shire fund raiser during midday Saturday($2.00 for dogs/ $2.50 sausages), A Saturday night dessert potluck social and Bardic following the Royal Court, the Guillermo da Sierra Patace Memorial Bocce Ball Tourney, Scottish Rules Croquet, a silent auction for nifty prizes, and merchants.

Their Majesties Ieuan and Gwyneth will be in attendance. A Royal Court will be held late Saturday afternoon. All Activities will stop at that time for Royal Court.

The Heavies and Rapier area will be in the fenced arena this year. This offers plenty of seating for the spectators and we will provide some shade. Combatant's day shades will be allowed inside the arena on the Eastside.

If you are going to participate for one of the Championships, you must declare yourself as a competitor at the appropriate lists tables.  

The Arts & Sciences Competition is an open theme and will be judged by the populace. Everyone is welcome.

Fire pits are permitted providing they are up off the ground 18 inches. Charcoal, SEASONED WOOD, presto logs are allowed. Spark screens are a good idea. Fire extinguishers supplies must be within reach.

 Absolutely No Smoking anywhere except in your camps or by the permanent bathrooms graveled area .

Dogs on Leash as per Kingdom Law. Please pick up after your pets.

Parents are expected  to monitor/ supervise their children .

There is a large dumpster for garbage by the front gate. Please police your site for trash.

There will be NO York Rounds due to the continuing Safety issue of distance versus wind changes at this site. However there will be open range time on Sunday to practice honing your archery skills.

There has been some rearranging of the site for activities. Some of the camping space has been shifted to provide Royal encampment area. The Thrown Weapons Range has also been moved down close to the Archery Field.

As always Volunteers are welcome and appreciated especially in Town crying heralding and in marshaling.

Gate open Friday August 23rd at Noon and closes Sunday August 25th at 6:00p.

William Tell Gate fees: NMS is $5 and applies to anyone who is a non-member 18 and over. It also applies with the Family Cap if non-member adults.
Weekend: Adult 18 and over - $15; Youth 12 - 17 $8; under 11 free. Family Cap: $48
Daily: Adults $10, Youth $5, under 11 free

Site Directions: From I-5 North or South take Exit 32 (Kalama River Rd.), located between Kelso and Kalama, WA. Turn EAST as you exit the freeway - the fairgrounds are visible from the off-ramp. Turn LEFT turn onto Old Hwy. 99; make an immediate RIGHT turn into the fairgrounds parking lot.

Nearby Hotels:

1. Kalama River Inn - 602 N. Frontage Rd.,    Kalama, WA   360-673-2856

2. Red Lion Inn - 510 Kelso Drive, Kelso, WA   360-425-3296

3. Guest House Inn & Suites - 501 Three Rivers Drive  Kelso, WA     360-414-5963


1. The Fireside Café    5055 Meeker Drive   Kalama, WA  360-673-3473

2. Subway 165 N. 1st St   Kalama, WA

3. The Lucky Dragon - 274 Frontage Rd. Kalama, WA

Closest Grocery Store:

Kalama Shopping Center  223 N. 1st Kalama, WA

Nearest Hospital approx. 8.7 Miles North of site:

St. John's Medical Center    1615 Delaware St. Longview, WA      360-414-7800 




Gate opens


Archery range opens

When available marshal

Thrown Weapons Range opens

When available marshal

Travelers' Soup- cost $4.00

6:00 pm

Social Time


Movie night : "Brave"






Lists opens


Armor inspection/ Archery equipment inspections/ rapier  inspection


All Ranges open

When Marshal is present

Classes begin

See insert in Handoput 

Defenders Tourney begins


Rapier Defenders Tourney to Follow-Armored Defenders Herald will announce

To Be Heralded

William Tell Thrown Weapons competition begins

Begins when range opens

William Tell Archery shoot

Begins when  range opens

Archery Protectors Tournaments

To Be Heralded

Iron Missile Competition

Throughout the day

William Tell Arts & Sciences Competition


Hot Dog Fund Raiser/ silent auction


Ice Cream in a Bag





Royal Court

All  other activities to stop at 3:30!


Dessert Social and Bardic


Heraldry consultation

All day

Lion's Blood Heraldry meeting


Quieter time-we do have neighbors & children!




Thrown weapons & Archery Ranges open

8:00-when Marshal is present

Archery competitions: The Beast Who shall Not be Named;  Adult/child shoot

9:00-when Marshal is present



Scottish Rules Croquet


Shire Moot-(May Change if Crown is still present)

3:00 pm

Site Closes

6:00 pm






Site Info:
Name: Kalama Fairgrounds
Corner of Old Pac. Hwy 99 & Kalama River Road
Kalama, WA 98625

Directions to Site:

From I-5 North or South take Exit 32 (Kalama River Rd.), located between Kelso and Kalama, WA. Turn EAST as you exit the freeway – the fairgrounds are visible from the off-ramp. Turn LEFT turn onto Old Hwy. 99, make an immediate RIGHT turn into the fairgrounds parking lot.

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