Longview, Washington minister Jerry Hemrich was looking for ways to raise money for his church when he he hit on the idea of incorporating his hobby, the SCA, in the fundraiser. The result is the popular medieval feast, recently opened to the public, at the church.
The Shire of River's Bend uses the church for meetings and other events for free, and in return helps with the fundraiser. "We haven't had anything quite like this arrangement before," Jerry Hemrich said. "We have done many (SCA) demos in various locations in the past, and we've done private feasts before, but nothing like working together with another organization like (the church)."