Japanese Iris Festival, Iron Comet Challenge, and Kingdom Equestrian Champs

We have a day of activities for you. There are martial tournaments, an A&S competition, as well as a combined martial and A&S Iron Comet Challenge. In addition, there is an Arts and Sciences display with an East Asian theme for the Japanese Iris Festival. But wait, there's more! We are also hosting the Kingdom Equestrian Champs. It will be a very full day.  

The date is Saturday, June 4, 2022. The site is the horse arena at Brady's Run, 121 Brady's Run Rd, Beaver Falls, PA 15010. Because it is a busy day the site opens earlier, at 9 am and closes at 7pm. The autocrat for this event is The Honorable Lady Hara Kikumatsu, Sharon Booth, 1105 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232, sbooth@sbooth.net, 412-441-1607. This is a land-line with an answering machine. Please leave a message. No calls after 9pm. 

Adult Event Registration: $12
Adult Member Discount Event Registration: $7
Youth 17 and under are free.
No electronic payment options at the door, only cash or checks payable to SCA PA, Inc. - BMDL.

SCA Covid protocols as of the event date will be enforced. Please be prepared to show your vaccination record or proof of a negative Covid test upon arrival.

Pre Registration through SCARS information: https://members.sca.org/apps/#MtgDetail/00001314 Note that online pre-registration ends May 30th, 2022.

If you prefer to pre-register by mail, make checks payable to SCA PA, Inc. - BMDL. The reservations clerk for this event is Master Alaric MacConnal, Robert Smith, 1194 Firwood Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15243, 412-306-0416, email alaric@pobox.com. Reservations should be received by May 20, 2022.

No food will be provided. Bring picnic lunch snacks and plenty to drink. No glass bottles allowed. We encourage everyone to bring chairs and pop-ups to view the martial activities or to just to perhaps sit and chat with friends. 

Additional note for the site: Alcohol allowed; however, glass bottles are not allowed.

Non-equestrian tournament and Iron Comet Challenge information:
There are one hour tournaments for fencing, thrown weapons, arts and sciences, heavy fighting, and archery with adult and youth winners for each. In addition, there is a combined tournament using the results from all the tournaments. Adults wishing to compete in the challenge can omit one martial activity, but they must participate in the A&S competition. Youth wishing to compete in the challenge can omit two martial activities, but they must participate in the A&S competition. There will be an iron comet challenge winner for adults and youth.

Equestrian Information:
There are two parts to the Kingdom Equestrian Champs. A morning portion and afternoon portion. In addition, after the champs are finished there will be a joust, weather permitting. Equestrians must contact THLady Gesa von Wellenstein at gwellenstein@yahoo.com or by phone at (724) 991-0917 to discuss equine logistics.

Arts and Sciences information:
There are two Arts and Sciences activities being run at next month’s Japanese Iris Festival event.

The first is the Iron Comet A&S Competition. The competition has no theme, and accepts all types of projects. The competition is mandatory for anyone in the Iron Comet Challenge, but it is open to everyone. Anyone can win, but only those participating in the martial competitions will receive tournament points.

The second is the Festival A&S Display. The display is also open to any type of project, but projects displaying arts of Eastern Asia are encouraged. There are no points awarded, no judging, and no winner. Please bring all your most interesting, most useful, most attractive, and most intense projects to show. Research and instruction are not required, but we would love to see any supporting documentation if you have it, and enjoy having you answer questions about your work if you’re not busy elsewhere. You can display as many items as you wish, but if you need a lot of room please consider bringing your own tables and possibly your own shelter.

Both activities will be under shelter, but this event is primarily outdoors so please be prepared to protect your entries from stray raindrops and errant breezes. By site policy, no glass bottles are allowed.

You do not need to register your entries or display items ahead of time, but if you want to send email to let event staff know what you are bringing or if you have any questions, please contact “ansminister (at) debatablelands.org”. 

Children's activities:
There will be a table for origami. Instructions and origami paper will be provided. There is no upper age limit.

From Pittsburgh: Take 376 west. Take Chippawa exit 31, route 51. Go south on 51 to the and turn right into the park entrance. First you pass a large building, Bradys Run Recreation Facility. Just past the Recreation Facility, turn left at the road with the signs for Bradys Run Recycling Center and Horse Arena Shelters 1, 2 & 3. Then, immediately turn right. 

From points further south of Pittsburgh: Take 79 north, then  376 west and follow directions from Chippawa exit 31.  

From north of Cranberry, PA: Take 79 south to Cranberry and follow signs for PA turnpike and go west on turnpike, I76. From the turnpike, exit at Beaver Falls route 18. Take route 18 south. Just after the YMCA on the left, turn right on Veterans bridge. Turn right after you cross the river on to 51 north. Take 51 north to the park entrance. Turn left into the park. First you pass a large building, Bradys Run Recreation Facility. Just past the Recreation Facility, turn left at the road with the signs for Bradys Run Recycling Center and Horse Arena Shelters 1, 2 & 3. Then, immediately turn right. 

From further further east: Take the PA turnpike west and follow the directions from exit at Beaver Falls route 18.  

When searching on maps online you can use the Bradys Run Ice Arena also known as the Bradys Run Recreation Facility. 

Tentative Schedule (this may change)

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