At Pennsic War

The Pennsic War is an annual SCA camping event that takes place within the Sylvan Kingdom of Æthelmearc at Cooper’s Lake Campground near Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania in the late summer over a two-week period (typically starting at the end of July and running for 17 days ending the second full weekend in August).

July 28 through August 13. 2023
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With more than 10,000 people attending each year from as far away as Germany, France, Italy, Greece, and Australia, it is the largest annual SCA event.  Activities include large melee battles, tournaments, archery, stage performances, dancing, and hundreds of classes on medieval topics. The marketplace has over 200 merchants selling a variety of wares (food, feast gear, garb and footwear, art supplies, archery supplies, armor and mail, beads, books, wool and other fabrics, leather, crystals, pottery and glass, iron work, jewelry and so much, much more).

Caer Adamant at Pennsic 2014
Caer Adamant at Pennsic War 43 (2014)

Origin of the Pennsic War
When Cariadoc of the Bow was King of the Middle, he thought it would be entertaining to have a war between the East and Middle Kingdoms. He sent a declaration of war to the East in A.S. 5, but nothing ever came of it. By A.S. 7, Cariadoc had moved and become King of the East, whereupon he found the old declaration of war and promptly accepted. The Midrealm army defeated the Easterners, making Cariadoc (as the joke goes) the first king in history to declare war on himself and lose.

The name “Pennsic War” was created as a combination of “Punic Wars” and “Pennsylvania”. The Punic Wars were a series of three wars fought between Rome and the Phoenician city of Carthage.

Caer Adamant Camp
The Caer Adamant encampment carries the name and regalia and is open to Shire members and friends who wish to camp together. Join us for a few days, a weekend, one week or the full two week event! For more information or to register to camp with the Shire camp, please email our camp Land Agent, Staeina Knytir at susannalockheart at yahoo dot com.