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Bardic Blades XI

Hosted by: Shire of Dreibrucken

Start Date: 8/9/2023 Thru End Date: 8/13/2023 58
Stone Butte Ranch Cabins
6480 75th Street SW
Elgin ND 58533

Planned Activities: Armored Combat , Archery , Arts & Sciences Display , Bardic Activities , Classes , Dancing , Equestrian , Rapier Combat , Thrown Weapons , Youth Activities , Cut and Thrust Combat , Heraldic Consultation

Site opens noon Wednesday

Site closes noon Sunday, all buildings and grounds need to be cleaned and organized for next group to come in at noon. Leaving it in the SCA tradition of cleaner than when we arrive.

Event fee:

$20 for adults (Additional $5 for non-members)

$5 for children ages 6-18 (Additional $5 for non-members)

Free for children ages 5 and under

$10 day pass for adults (Additional $5 for non-members)

Free day pass for children

Family Cap $50.00 (non-member fees additional)

Camping Fee:

$15 per Tent, Minor Tents FREE

RV Spot Fee:

$25.00 per Spot, ample space for parking campers, electricity, but no sewer or potable water, sewer dumping available in Elgin

Cabin Fee:

$300/weekend for Cabin 1 or 2

$225/weekend for Cabin 3

There are three cabins on site, all have electricity, air conditioning, and heat, Cabins 1 &2 have beds for 5 people (floor space for more), running water, sinks and mini-kitchens, Cabin 3 has beds for 4 people (floor space for more), a mini-fridge and microwave. Cabins are by reservations and are first come first served.

Mechant Fee:

None, merchants are welcomed, contact Event Steward about required space.

Make Checks Payable to:

SCA Inc-Shire of Dreibrucken
 can be sent to:

Wanita Bowman (SCA Name: Johanna Rivenich)

213 3rd Avenue SW

Elgin, ND 58533


Here Ye, Here Ye, Let it be known that the Shire of Dreibrucken is looking for brave souls to step back a few centuries (into a recreated time) and let their fighting, bardic, equestrian, archery, or other skills SHINE.

Our event takes place in a beautiful little valley along the Cannonball River in ND. Even though rustic, the site has a centralized bath house with toilets, running water, showers; a main hall for indoor activities; and a large outside firepit (with plenty of firewood available) for those late night sagas of heroic tales and great adventures. Being a large site with lower attendance than large events there are many quiet restful spots. Picnic tables as well as tables with chairs are set up in many shaded areas including next to the main hall for gatherings and activities. Being away from the modern world the stars shine extra bright in this small valley allowing for those interested in the night sky to view them as the ancient astrologers once did. This years we will have the honor of viewing the “Comet Stars” (Perseid meteor shower) that the Roman historian Cassius Dio referred to.

In by gone days our Shire hosted a Renaissance period Masquerade Ball, we are honored to include this at Bardic Blades this year. There will also be a competition to pick the Lord and Lady of the Masquerade by populous vote – There will be a Mask making class on site or you may bring your own.

This site also allows and has an area for equestrian activities, as well as plenty of terrain for just riding with your favorite Lord or Lady. If you choose to bring your horses, you are responsible for all of the rules required by North Dakota (travel health certificates, weed free hay, etc..).

**The northern plains in August can see a wide range of weather. Please pack garb and camping gear appropriate to a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions.**


Feast will be Saturday evening and a form of potluck: Please bring something for First Course (Appetizers), Second Course (Side dish to the Beef Stew and Bread provided by Shire), or Third Course (Desserts) to share!

FIRST COURSE - Brought by populace

SECOND COURSE - Provided by the Shire of Dreibrucken - Beef Stew, Bread

THIRD COURSE - Brought by populace


EVENT STEWARDS: Lady Johanna Rivenich (Wanita Bowman) & Lord Hutzlin (Josh Pigg)

ARCHERY MARSHAL: Lady Gazenda da la Rocha (Jenn Wahl)

EQUESTRIAN MARSHAL: Baroness Arbon Arslan (Tracy Hsu)



THROWING WEAPONS MARSHAL: Baron Ulrich Aeowulf MacNaughtine (Erik Sateren)



MEAL PLAN & FEAST: Lady Johanna Rivenich (Wanita Bowman)

Meal Plan:

More information to come soon

Shire will provide some beverages throughout event, and purchasable water. Site does not have pottable water, so plan accordingly.


More information to come soon

Still looking for some Marshals, someone willing to teach/lead Dance, and those willing to teach a class. If you would like to teach a class please contact the Autocrat.

Current planned Classes: Mask-making; Stenciling; Round Table Discussion of Shield Making; Night Sky (Current and Past Constellations)

Planned Children's activities:

Lawn Games, Hobby Horse Jousting, reading of medieval children's stories, a separate competition to pick the best children's mask, and more.

Bathrooms & Handicap Accessibility:

Main Bathrooms has a handicap accessible area with a shower. There are no non-gendered restrooms available. There are no changing facilities for infants. Those with mobility restrictions can contact the Event Steward about permission of closer parking.

Phone Service:

Due to sites remoteness, there are no Payphones, but there is a local phone for local calls in the main hall. Cell phone service is intermittent but the main hall does have a cell phone booster.

Directions To Site:

Coordinates: 46.32503x -101.77568

Take your best route to Elgin, ND. Heading East of Elgin, on HWY 21, go 3 miles. After mile marker 79 turn South onto 65th Avenue. Travel 3 miles, then turn east. Travel 1 mile, then turn south again. Travel two miles, then turn west onto 75th Street, Travel about one mile, and you have reached your destination.

Bardic Blades Site Rules
1) Follow county rules for fires. (If there is a burn ban, etc...)
2) Site is discreetly wet, but this is a family event so use good judgment and discretion.
3) Park/camp in designated areas.
4) This is a rough terrain site. Exercise due caution, and keep children and pets supervised.
5) Pets allowed, but should be leashed. Be aware that there will be horses, and exercise due caution. Any dogs in equestrian areas HAVE TO BE leashed. If your dog is a nuisance, as determined by the Event Stewards, you maybe asked to take the animal away from the event.

6) Camping area requires marking of tent stakes.
7) Dispose of cigarette butts in trash receptacles appropriately. No smoking in any site facilities.
8) If you bring horses, use good judgment regarding safety of your animal and others. The same goes for interacting with other people’s horses.

Although the SCA complies with all applicable laws to try 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.

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