Provost Challenge

The Shire of Coldedernhale invites you to The Nineteenth Provost Challenge! April 27, 2024/AS LVIII

Join your fellow fencers in a day to challenge as you push your skills, learn from each other, and see who becomes the next Provost Champion!

An event for ALL rapier fighters!  Classes and authorizations in the morning, duels and tournament in the afternoon.  This is your chance to fight duels until you are too tired to stand – single sword, double sword, dagger, and so on – all the forms will be used.  Come and learn, practice, and try to win the Provost Challenge traveling trophy. To learn more, read the Rules page, and check out the history of the traveling trophy here
No matter your abilities you are welcome. You can authorize in the morning and fight in the tournament in the afternoon. You do NOT need to be a Provost, Cadet or student of any School or Master to attend.

Once again we are at the Oahe Downstream Lodge, Oahe Downstream Campground. This is just below Oahe Dam, 5 miles north of Ft. Pierre, South Dakota. Click here for directions. Due to inclement weather, our backup site is the gym at Buchanan Elementary, at 100 N. Buchanan Ave in Pierre. The Oahe Downstream Lodge will still be available for sleeping and the post-revel pot luck, but the main event from 8 AM to 6 PM on Saturday will be at Buchanan Elementary. Please use the west doors on the north side of the gym (large gray section of the school) to enter. 

Lodge opens at 4 pm Friday April 26, 2024. Lodge closes noon Sunday April 27, 2024. Gym opens 8 am and closes 6 pm on Saturday April 27, 2024.

$20 Adult registration (age 18 and over)

$15 Member adult registration

17 & under are free

  • There is a $6/day state park fee PER car. Not per person
  • Outdoor camping at the lodge is free. There is also room within the lodge itself for sleepers, though no individual rooms within it. It will be raining all weekend.   
  • Checks payable to SCA Inc – Shire of Coldedernhale
  • The site is handicapped accessible. However, all activities take place outside so be prepared for rough ground and inclines.
  • We will have a small pavilion for covered outdoor populace space. Populace-provided day shades are welcome.
  • Children are welcome, but no children’s activities are planned.
  • We will have our traditional lunch of soup and rolls. It will be on a donation basis. You are welcome to bring your own foods, especially if you have special dietary needs. We are also more than happy to accommodate any food allergies. NO STRAWBERRIES ALLOWED ON SITE. Click here to see more information about lunch, food and lodging. 
  • The lodge is wet but the gym is dry. Do not bring alcohol to Buchanan Elementary. 
  • The school has a no smoking and no weapons policy. The previous hyperlink will take you to the Public Conduct rules for the school. Please do not bring any sharp knives for feast or sharp weaponry. An exception is being made for our blunt simulators due to the nature of our sport. 
  • Showers on site at the lodge.

The Event Steward is Ealdred of Malmesbury / Dawson Lewis. He can be reached at or via text/phone at 605-222-9530

The Marshal in Charge is Tancorix inigena Bivaidonas / Aviana Knochel. She can be reached at or through Facebook.

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.

For more details, please see our COVID plan.