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Grand Thing XII

May 26, 2017 to May 29, 2017

Vancouver, WA

Autocrat: Attia Prima device1341OP

The Barony of Stromgard invites you to the twelfth annual Grand Thing! This event focuses on Norse and Irish traditions of the Viking Age, though all cultures and interests are welcome. We offer a little something for everyone:

  • Armored combat—Witness combatants engaging in both one-on-one and war combat.
  • A grand arts and sciences village—Learn about and participate in everyday living as it might have been 1,000+ years ago in Scandinavia, such as metal forging, fabric weaving and other textile arts, shoe making, cooking, and more!
  • Rapier combat—An ancient form of modern day fencing, combatants will test their metal in one-on-one competition as well as a team melee.
  • Archery and thrown weapons—Come and try your hand at throwing knives and axes, watch expert shooters using traditional bows as our ancestors would have done.
  • Equestrian combat and competitions—Witness skilled riders vie to become the next StormRider.
  • Games—Visit the gaming area and learn how to play the games of our forefathers and mothers.
  • Merchants—A range of artisans will be on hand offering authentic Viking Age goods and other fun trinkets.
  • The “Grand Thing” will take place Saturday evening after the feast – Based on the period Norse tradition when the community would come together to settle issues of law. All are welcome to come witness the review of previous laws and see a new law accepted.

The StormRider Tournament; Who among you is ready to stand with your steed and vie to be the StormRider, Equestrian Champion of the Barony of Stromgard? The tournament format is still under consideration by the Cornet and the current StormRider, Susan de Winter and the trials may include; Rings, Quintain, Speed Quintain, breuhaus, Thrown spear, Water Fall and Bridge or platform. Whomsoever is victorious in the tournament shall be named StormRider will be required to swear fealty to the Baron and Baroness and will enjoy especial honours as Champion. For those interested in competing, please send a private note to Ivon and Hlutwige, Lord and Lady Stromgard electronically or in hand by Friday May 26 in the evening. The morning of the tournament be prepared to introduce yourself, your inspiration and your mount in court. ( This tournament will take place on Saturday at Grand Thing, May 26-28 at Clatsup County Fairgrounds, Astoria, Oregon.  There will be plenty of room to watch the tournament as well as time and room to play.  Check out the event page here:

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Site Fees

Adults: Full weekend $25.00*   Single day $15.00*

Children ages 17 and under are FREE!

*$5.00 discount for adult SCA members applies to full weekend and single day

Cash or checks only at the gate.  Make checks payable to Barony of Stromgard – SCA,Inc.


Site opens 12PM (merchants 10AM) on Friday closes 1PM Monday.

Public is welcomed to attend starting at 10:00am on Saturday.  

Site fee: Adults-$25, under 18 free.  Day-pass $15.00.  $5.00 discount for adult SCA members applies to full weekend and single day.

Checks payable to: Barony of Stromgard, SCA Inc. 

Event Steward: Mistress Attia Prima (Mandy Grayson) /503-984-7277 No calls after 9PM. 

Event Staff

Event Steward: Attia Prima (Amanda Grayson). Mandy.grayson(at)gmail(dot)com

Large group land and RV reservations: Chingis jamessayer333(at)gmail(dot)com (James Spiering)  or 503-201-9274   Please, no calls after 9pm

A Grand Viking Village (Arts and Sciences): Reginleif in harfagra (Karyn Criswell), kcriswell(at)dsl-only(dot)net

Merchant registration: Mathias (Bud Clark), harlenclark64(at)gmail(dot)

Heaving armored combat: Kjartan (Matthew Widolf), sirkjartan(at)yahoo(dot)com

Archery and thrown weapons: Refskegg of House Bread (Jed Heimkes), refskegg(at)protonmail(dot)com

Rapier: Crystobel Dagger (Kat Meeke), Bladekat(at)gmail(dot)com

Equestrian: Susan deWinter, Susanhazlewood4(at)gmail(dot)com

Youth and Children: TBD


Site Info:
Name: Clatsop County Fairgrounds
92937 Walluski Loop
Astoria, OR 97103

Directions to Site:

Clatsop County Fair & Expo Center, 92937 Walluski Loop, Astoria, OR 97103

We highly recommend that you take a look at a map before you begin your trip to Astoria.  Be aware that Google Maps will give you the option to turn onto 16th Ave., which will take you onto Williamsport Rd. that has very steep hills and sharp turns.  We do not recommend this route for anyone towing a trailer. 

From the South or North on I-5 – Take exit 36, WA-432 W.  Keep left, follow signs for WA-432W/WA-4 W/Longview/Long Beach. Take 3rd Ave/WA-411 exit toward Industrial Area/Port of Longview. Turn left onto WA-411 S/3rd Ave. Turn left onto Oregon Way. Continue straight onto WA-433 S/Oregon Way. Turn right onto the US-30 W ramp to Clatskanie/Astoria. When you arrive in Astoria, continue onto Marine Drive, take the second turn out of the roundabout onto W. Marine Dr/SR 202/Hwy 101/Nehalem Hwy, continue onto Olney Ave/SR 202, and continue onto Front Street, then turn left onto Walluski Loop.

Safe travels everyone!

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