Schutzenfest 1997

What is it?

Schutzenfest is the bi-annual celebration of missile weapons for the Barony of Nordskogen, is back. Schutzenfests (with an umlat over the 'u') were originally spring festivals and took place from May 1st until solstice in Germany. May Green was the main color featured on shooter's flags and garb. This Schutzenfest will be held on May 31st at the Carver County Fairgrounds in Waconia. It will feature individual and team archery competition; thrown weapons competition; youth competitions; classes and non-archery contests focusing on German culture and arts (including two returning favorites, Best Landsknecht Garb and Best Insta-Slash 'n Puff Garb; a German feast by the Lady Giovanna Theresa Battista di Firenze and her Evil Sidekick; an Arts & Sciences display; merchanting of both dry goods and delicious comestibles is encouraged; dancing, entertainment, and a parade.

Late Breaking Bulletin(s)

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Lady Elisabeth von Roettgen will be holding a class on German language, pronounciation and persona research.

Heavy Weapons fighting will be in the grandstand.

There will be an epee fencing tournament, and schlager authorizations

There will be a thrown weapons tournament.

Crossbows are welcome and may be shot alongside hand bows.


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  • Youth Activities
  • Archery Contests
  • Thrown Weapons Tourney
  • Non archery Contests
  • Heavy Weapons
  • Fencing
  • Feast
  • Classes
  • Vital Statistics
  • Volunteers Wanted
  • Merchants Wanted
  • Maps
  • Contacts
  • Policies
  • Camping Policies
    This page was last updated on 05/26/1997 at 9:02 PM.

    Non archery Contests

  • Of course, every paid admission "wins" a site token :-)
  • He-Man contest. Frankly, we don't know what to call this, but it's similar to the Scottish Caber toss, except with a boulder.
  • Drag Race. Introduced at Pennisc, it's to see which man in woman's garb is the fastest.
  • Best Landsknecht Garb - One each for male and female - You don't have to be an archer to participate.
  • Best Insta-Puff 'n Slash garb. We provide the clothes, you bring scissors, knife, etc. This will be a timed event.
  • Best period camp site. Dress up your campsite to look period. It only has to be skin (or cloth) deep.
  • Saturday will have a bardic competition. As the good Baron Christoforo is so old and absent-minded, he needs help in remembering what he has done in the past. Therefore, he is minded to make the theme of the competition himself. Yes, tell Baron Foro all those stories you've heard about him (preferrably SCA related). Prizes will be given for "best over-all bardicness", and for "farthest from the truth (as Foro recalls it)" - be prepared for him to try to defend himself and his reputation.
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    Heavy Weapons

    There will be heavy weapons activities during the day in the Grandstand. Please contact Lord Kennth die Katze (Ken Blader) for further details.


    There will be a single-elimination, epee-only fencing tourney in the evening, when the archery events are done. During the day, authorizations for schlager will be held. Please contact our baronial fencing captain, Lord Roland the Mad for further details.

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    Prepared by Lady Giovanna Theresa Battista di Firenze, with the aid of her evil sidekick, Mistress Aramanthra the Vicious. The feast is $8.00 for adults who register before May 1st, and $9.00 afterward. Children under 8 are half price. The menu follows a German theme (of course) as follows:

    First Remove

  • Rye Breads
  • Butters
  • Flavored Cream Cheese
  • Pickled vegetables and Herring
  • Raw Vegetables

    Second Remove

  • Sauerbraten
  • Sweet and sour Red Cabbage
  • Seasoned Barley

    Third Remove

  • Cucumber/Sour cream salad
  • Spinach Tart
  • Plum Compote

    Fourth Remove

  • Bratwurst
  • Sauerkraut
  • Rolls
  • Mustard Sauce

    Dessert Remove

  • Krumkake
  • Waffles with custard and strawberries
  • Fruit Sweets


  • Milk
  • Water
  • Barley-water
  • Those of drinking age and inclination will get one (1) bottle of home-brew as a GIFT of the feastocrat (proper ID required).
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  • General History of Germany in the 1500's taught be Wilhelm Dichtermann
  • German Counted Thread Embroidery (ala the Compleat Anachronist) will be taught (we are looking for a noble willing to teach this)
  • Lady Elisabeth von Roettgen will be holding a class on German language, pronounciation and persona research.
  • Period Japanese Poetry will be taught by His Excellency Baron Christoforo Alfonso Pallavincino da Firenze, OPF, OH, OBB, OAT, Esq. (aka Foro)


    Lady Amber is in charge of the dancing.

    Dancing will be after court and after the kitchen is clean.
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    Vital Statistics

  • Date: Saturday, May 31st, 1997
  • Place: Carver County Fairgrounds, Waconia (See maps, below)
  • Time: 8:00 AM till Midnight (Archery from 9 AM til 5 PM except for 1 hour parade at noon)
  • Feast: 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM $8.00 before May 1, $9.00 after May 1st and is limited to 175. Children 8 and under are half price.
  • Court: 8:30 PM
  • Site Fee: $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for children 4 - 8, under 4 free.
  • Camping: See our policies about camping; fee is $3.00 per site per night.
  • Money should be sent directly to our Exchequer, Lady Brunhilda von Berg (Mechelle Waltner) at 3521 Federal Drive #311, Eagan, MN 55122. Checks should be made out to "SCA: Barony of Nordskogen".
  • Click here for a form you can print and mail.

    Volunteers needed!

    We are in need of volunteers in all aspects of the event. Please see the Volunteer Coordinator, Gospozha Aleksandra Drakonovna (Kristina Bovee)
    Click here for a current list of volunteer opportunities.
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    Merchant Alert!

    Merchants! Sign up now, and we'll advertise your presence with a list of items, a photo and/or link here on our event page. Sign up by contacting (See Contacts, below).
  • We will be having a contest at the event for the best period booth at the event. So, start planning your booth now! Contact the Lady Marwen for details.
  • Also, we're looking for snack/luncheon food merchants. Again (you guessed it) contact the Lady Marwen for details.
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  • Largest scale (Twin Cities)
  • Medium scale (Lake Minnetonka environs)
  • Town scale (Waconia area)
  • Directions: The site is about 25 miles southwest of Minneapolis. Take your best route to I-494 at the southwest corner of the metro area. In Eden Prairie, you should leave I-494 for State Highway 5 (NOT county road 5 in Minnetonka). Travel West on State Highway 5 through the cities of Eden Prairie, Chanhassen (where the road narrows from 4 lane divided to two lane two-way) and Victoria to the town of Waconia. There will be a stoplight at State Highway 284. Go past the stoplight two blocks and turn right on Maple Street (Waconia Ford will be on the left). Travel past Southview Elementary school to Third Street and turn left. In one (LONG) block, you will see an entrance to the Waconia County Fairgrounds on your left. Keep going to the next entrance on the left, and turn in. Troll will be right inside the gate, and you will be directed to parking or a campsite.


  • Autocrat: Lady Elaine de Beauchamp (Liz Pemberton) (612 874-6221)
  • Crash'o Crat / Merchant Coordinator: Lady Marwen of Riverswalk (Gretchen Skaff) (612 566-8970) "Office Hours" are Sunday, Monday and Tuesday from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. PLEASE! No calls after 9:00 PM.
  • Volunteer Coordinator: Gospozha Aleksandra Drakonovna (Kristina Bovee)
  • Feastocrat: Lady Giovanna Theresa Battista di Firenze (Liz Pearson) (612 707-9661)
  • Archery Coordinator: Umberto della Foresta di Cento Ettari (Mike Bird) (612 470-4264)
  • Youth Archery Coordinator: Lady Christina Landswalker of Penrose (Tina Crothers) (608 269-2391)
  • Fencing Coordinator: Lord Roland the Mad (Ron Arnold) (612 487-5220)
  • Chief Constable: Eustacia Gaynore (Jennifer Steadman)
  • Herald Crew Chief: Lady Lucia Portia Sforza di Firenze (Dawn Vukson-Van Beek
  • Setup/Takedown Chief: Lord Martin of Doncaster (Rob Crowder)
  • Classes and Contests Coordinator: His Excellency Baron Christoforo Alfonso Pallavincino da Firenze, OPF, OH, OBB, OAT, Esq. (aka Foro) (612 823-1686)
  • Pageantry Chief: Cinniu nic Cuthbad (Kendra Lee) (612 487-5601)
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  • Dogs, cats, ferrets, etc. are welcome on site, but owners will be responsible for cleaning up after them, and as we are within Waconia city limits, they will need to be on a leash or ortherwise controlled at all times.


    The site is discreetly wet; it is located in the middle of a residential area. We will check IDs.


  • Fires must be contained in fire rings with bottoms, drums, grills or other devices. Any campsite with a fire, stove grill, etc., is required to also have a bucket of water on hand at all times.
  • Please use common sense with lanterns. If you will be using tiki torches, please use only candles, not the oil or reservoir types. Any lit torch found unattended will be confiscated by the constabulary, and you will be charged a fee to get it back.
  • Candles are encouraged at feast.


  • Parents are encouraged to make arrangements for their children under the age of 12, either with off-site care or with a responsible older adult/teenager on site.
  • Parents are urged to review safety rules with their younger children, such as the meaning of "Hold!" and the importance of staying away from security areas around the archery range.
  • If security finds any child under 8 years old wandering unsupervised (e.g. not in transit to the bathroom, not running a defined errand, not able to tell where her/his responsible adult is), that child will be returned to the parents. If this happens with the same people three times, they will be asked to leave the site. This policy is in place to prevent injuries related to archery and to prevent possible problems with the citizens of Waconia. Once a missle is released, it's out of mortal control.
  • Children's activities will be available on Saturday. We need a gentle to help plan and volunteers to help said gentle. Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator (See the Contacts section.)


  • We will clearly designate a parking area on site. Vehicles will be limited to the roads and marked routes to camping areas. Vehicles will be given a parking token when they arrive to help with late night security.


  • While not considered a camping event, we welcome all to camp with us on the evenings of Friday, May 30th, and Saturday, May 31st with the hope that this will make long journeys more manageable. Please do not make lots of noise at night! The town of Waconia can provide meals and provisions, and is about 25 miles from Minneapolis proper. (See maps for details.)
  • HE Christoforo is sponsoring Bardic circles Friday and Saturday nights. Friday will be a casual circle for the sheer enjoyment of storytelling and song around the bonfire. For information on Saturday's Bardic circle, see the Non archery Contests section.
  • Saturday night will also include dancing, after the kitchen is cleaned up and lasting as long as you feel like it. We ask that everyone plan to be packed up and heading off the site by 11:00 AM Sunday morning. There are limited (read: 1 per sex) showers on site. Directions to "shower houses" of nearby members of the barony will be available at the site.
  • The site is surrounded by an eight (8) foot high chain link fence, with one gate which will be patrolled. The gate will close at midnight on both Friday and Saturday night.
  • Our site does not have electrical or other hook-ups for recreational vehicles or campers, and it does not have a sanitary disposal station either. For this reason, we would like to discourage the use of recreational vehicles and campers at this event. We do recognize that some people require special accommodations, or are traveling long distances; please speak with the camping coordinator, Lady Marwen, if you feel you require a camping set-up other than a tent or pavilion, and we will evaluate the situation.
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