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Vinfest XV

September 27, 2013 to September 29, 2013

Grande Prairie, AB

Autocrat: Lady Thomasyne device3544OP

Vinfest XV, Shire of Vinjar
Camp Tamarack 10 km South on the East side of Highway 40, Grande Prairie, AB
Site opens at 7:00 pm September 27, 2013 and closes at 11:00 am on September 29, 2013.

All through the ever changing seasons of the past year the Vinjar Champions have served our Shire well. We thank them for their service and call upon them to render one last service unto Vinjar. They invite all comers to participate in tournaments of target archery, combat archery, heavy combat, rapier and arts & sciences. The new Vinjar champions will be selected by their skill, strength, and talents from all competitors who are current SCA members. Their efforts will be rewarded with title and loot! A great feast will be prepared for you by our cooks; Lord Aonghus, Lady Cigale and Lady Emily the Serf. Breakfast and Lunch will be available on site. Take part in our traditional grape stomp with Lady Cigale. There are limited feast tickets and beds as well as many wonderful camping spots, or rent space in a teepee. As this is a camping event, the site is discreetly wet. The site is wheelchair accessible and has indoor showers/washrooms, a large bardic fire pit and an outdoor stage area.

Site fees
Preregistered adult with membership - $15.00, otherwise $20.00 at the door.
Youth 10-17 years of age - $10.00
Smalls under 10 are free. Registration required.
$5.00 non-member fee applies.

Feast: $15.00. Smalls under 10, no charge. Registration is required.

Cabin beds: $10.00 per night
Camping: $5.00 per tent
Teepee: $5.00 per person. Will need to bring your own sleeping gear.

Reservations and preregistrations can be made starting August 1, 2013. Please send information to Joscelin (Crystal Ibach) at 8637 - 70 Ave, Grande Prairie, AB
T8X 0C8 780-538-9133 email: mcibach(at)telus(dot)net

Merchants are welcome at no charge. A donation of largess is welcome.
Merchant contact: Lady Brin edithreadon(at)yahoo(dot)ca

Autocrats: Lady Thomasyne and Margar: 780-766-3694 mba(at)gpnet(dot)ca 

Vinfest Site Information
Camp Tamarack Day Camp. East side of Highway 40, South of Grande Prairie, AB
The site is wheelchair accessible and has indoor showers/washrooms. There is potable water available on site but no indoor kitchen facilities for individual use.
There are cabin bunks and teepees available to rent for the weekend. There is a charge for Tents, Trailers and RV’s. The North and South ends of the parking lot are designated for RV and trailer parking. There are no hook-ups. Hook-ups are available at the private Camp Tamarack RV Park, which is located next door to the site. There is no direct access between the RV Park and Camp Tamarack except by the main road.
Tents can be put up on the grass except between cabins 2 & 3. Any open area under the trees is also available to use. There is a large grassy area where the ultra quiet cabins are located that we can use for tenting as well. People can also tent along the ridge overlooking the amphitheatre and heavy erics. The ground is sandy and drains well. However, a ground sheet is recommended for under tents. Please come well prepared for cool weather camping.

Some things to be aware of …

1. Prior to unloading and setting up, please check in at the Troll Gate, which can be found in the Hall.
2. Vehicles under ¾ ton can travel the paved walkways to the cabins for loading and unloading. Please stick to the right and travel very slowly.
3. Those that camp in teepees need to understand that when a fire is lit inside, the ventilation flap needs to be pulled aside. The outdoor kitchen in the teepee area is stocked with propane and wood for the fire pit. 

4. Fire use – Same as Quad War … "Ground fires will not be allowed. The use of above ground covered brazier or similar device may be used but are subject to weather conditions." No fire is to be left unattended and must be extinguished after use. Each fire will have at minimum, 1 fire extinguisher, and or sand bucket with shovel, available for quick use in case of an emergency.” Take care in placing braziers to ensure that the spreading branches of a pine tree are not directly overhead. There are two fire pits that may be used. One is located at the Bardic pit to the east of the Hall. The second is located between cabins 1 and 2. Dry firewood is available on site at no cost.
5. Please remember this is prime bear country, there may be bears on site. Store food safely. Do not store food in your tents or in the teepees. Please clean up after preparing food and throw your waste away in the garbage bin provided at the southwest corner of the parking lot. Grey water from washing dishes may be dumped at the base of your closest friendly tree. Please do not use the washrooms to clean dishes. There is a small kitchenette in the restroom/shower building that may be used for washing dishes.
7. There is a large cooler in the hall that we can use to store important stuff like medicines and easily perishable foods.
8. Assorted hot beverages including coffee and tea will be available in the hall for the duration of the event.
9. Several rakes will be available for use on site. They will be found at the wood shed to the north of the Hall.
10. Pets are welcome on site as long as they are under control at all times - leashed or tethered. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets. Pets are not allowed in the buildings on site.
11. There is an outdoor smoker’s lounge area just to the north of the main entrance to the hall. To reduce the risk of fire, this is the only area on site where smoking can occur.

Vinfest XV 2013   Tentative Schedule….subject to change



***Friday September 27***

7.00 pm Site opens with meet and greet, and refreshment

Troll / Gate opens: 7.00 pm - 10.00 pm

Gold Key is available at the gate.

Dragons Den play space opens: 7.00 pm - 10.00 pm

***Saturday Sept 28***

Troll / Gate opens: 8.00 am - 1.00 pm

Gold Key is available at the gate.

Dragons Den play space Opens: 8.00 am - 6.00 pm

Breakfast 7:00 am – 9:00 am $4:00

Youth Combat 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

A&S Competition 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Entry’s to be picked up by 5:00 pm.

Rapier Inspection 9:00 am – 9:30 pm

Rapier Tournament 9:30 am – 12:00 pm, pick-ups to follow.

Rapier Marshalling 1:00 pm (with Caiaphas )

Royal Rounds 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Roaming Lunch Wagon 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm $4:00 each

Target Archery 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Combat Archery to follow. Royal Round and other archery

fun will continue after the CA until 5:00 pm.

Grape Stomp 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Heavy Inspection 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Heavy Competition 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, pick-ups to follow.

Troll / Gate opens: 5.00 pm Last chance to buy feast tickets.

Merchants evacuate hall 5:00 pm

Setup & sit down for Feast 6:00 pm

Feast served 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Court at 8:30 pm

***Sunday Sept 29***

Clean-up in the morning.

Site closes at 11:00 am.


Site Info:
Name: Camp Tamarack
10km South of Grand Prairie on Hwy 43
Grande Prairie, AB

Directions to Site:


Directions to Camp Tamarack located 10 km, on Highway 40 South of Grande Prairie.

Traveling South on Highway 2 or Traveling North (from Edmonton) on Highway 43. From both directions take Highway 43 into Grande Prairie.
Turn right at the "Hwy 43 West Alaska" sign. Follow Highway 43 to "Hwy 40 Wapiti Road (108 St) South" Sign. Continue South 10 km, to Camp Tamarack sign, turn left and follow SCA signs.

Traveling East (BC) on Highway 43. Turn right at "Hwy 43 South Wapiti Rd (108 St)" sign, continue on Highway 40 South for 10 Km. At the Camp Tamarack sign, turn left and follow the SCA signs.

Traveling North on Highway 40 (Hwy 16). Cross the Wapiti River bridge, go up the hill, look for the Camp Tamarack sign, turn right and follow the SCA signs.

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