At Pennsic War

Pennsic War is an annual SCA camping event and war between the Kingdom of the East and the Middle Kingdom held in the late summer over a two-week period.

Origin of the Pennsic Wars:
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 at Pennsic 2014

Caer Adamant at Pennsic 2014

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.  Scheduled 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).

The Pennsic War takes place within the Sylvan Kingdom of Æthelmearc at Cooper’s Lake Campground near Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania.

Camp with Caer Adamant!

The Caer Adamant encampment carries the name and regalia and is open to Shire members and friends who wish to camp together.

July 29th through August 14. 2022
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Join us for 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 Land Agent, Staeina Knytir at susannalockheart at yahoo dot com.