Ozark Medieval Fortress Event

The Ozark Medieval Fortress has invited the UACCB Renaissance Club to help them kickoff a new program, An after hours adventure at Ozark Medieval Fortress! And we would like to invite our SCA friends and family to come out and help make this a truly awesome event for the Castle.

Ozark Medieval Fortress Event
An after hours adventure at Ozark Medieval Fortress!
Saturday, July 30th
Friday, 5 p.m. - Sunday 10:00 a.m., if camping
Free for volunteers and living history participants

Ozark Medieval Fortress:
1671 Hwy 14 W
Lead Hill, AR 72644
(870) 436-7625

On Saturday, July 30th, the Castle's last regular tour will end at 4:30 that afternoon, and "After Hours" will begin at 5:00, with activities taking place at 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 and at 8:00. Activities will include dancing, fighting and whatever other activities we put together.

For those who come out and take part in this event, the Castle is waiving their usual entrance fees, and will allow us to camp for free on Friday and Saturday nights. What we are looking for are heavy fighters, rapier fighters, archers, dancers, singers, storytellers, musicians, and folks who can demonstrate and talk about all kinds of things involving medieval life. The basic goal is to immerse visitors in life of the medieval ages, like a living history site.

Since they are allowing us to camp, we also plan on doing things at the Castle throughout the day on Saturday, before the After Hours begins. There will be more details forthcoming on this as we move
along and as we hear from ya'll on who wants to join us and what people want to do.


  • Camping is very primitive. Tents only, no electricity. There are indoor bathrooms with A/C not far from camp, and a shower facility isavailable but approximately 2 miles away from camp. You may need arake to clear out an area for your tent. And daylight to see what youhave to work with. Camp site opens Friday at 5 p.m.
  • Absolutely NO ALCOHOL!
  • Everyone brings their own camping gear and food
  • Dress comfortably with keeping cool in mind. It will be very hot. And bring lots of water!
  • We must wear garb and try to stay in persona at all times on site
  • Eating is done only at the picnic area or in camp. Beverages may be carried around at the Castle, as long as they are covered and don't look mundane
  • Mundane items, like coolers, water bottles, camp chairs, food containers etc., need to be covered in some way. Not as much while in camping area, but definitely while on castle grounds.
  • There may not be a store very close to the castle, so you might want to stock up on food, beverages, ice and other supplies before you get to camp.
  • Bring bug repellant! There will likely be a lot of ticks, so be prepared to spray down not just yourself, but your garb and your camping area.
  • No children unattended
  • We don't yet know how the castle plans on lighting up the area during the evening, so we are waiting on that info. We are also currently awaiting word on whether we can use camp fires and/or above ground fire pits. We'll pass that info along as soon as we have it.
  • When we are not performing or taking part in activities, we will provide the atmosphere for the castle. Also, we must be on our best behavior! This is a tremendous opportunity for all of us. And we want to show them what we can do and how well we can pull this off. There is talk of one of the French investors coming to the Castle from France for this weekend, as well as other Castle higher ups. So we want to be sure we are at our best!
  • Since the Castle helps make ends meet through their gift shop, we will not have merchants selling wares at this event.
  • For something special, I would like us to organize a pot luck feast for Saturday afternoon, for those of us taking part and for the Castle employees. Something special to share with the Castle higher ups, to give them a taste of medieval life, quite literally. And a way to thank them for this fantastic opportunity! My thoughts are to have different groups volunteer to host different removes of the feast: Appetizers, meats and main dishes, soups and salads and bread and side dishes, desserts, and beverages. And whatever else I'm missing here. I will need folks to let me know about this one ASAP, so we can see if this is feasible.
  • We would like to have some of our SCA royals come out and join us, in full regalia with thrones, etc., and present a mock court for visitors on Saturday night.
  • There is not much shade around the castle, so if any of you have period pavilions that you could bring or send with others, they would be greatly appreciated!
  • And if you have any extra or loaner garb that you could spare, please bring or send it to the event. We are all trying to go through garb to find the coolest garb possible, so we don't have problems with the heat that weekend.

If this looks like something you would enjoy, please contact me with your mundane name, SCA name, when you plan on arriving, if you plan on camping, and what activities you can participate in. We need as many pre-registrations as possible, in order to give the Castle some idea of what to expect.

Thank you!!

Cheryl Hissong
UACCB Ren Club and SCA member

P.S. Please feel free to cross post this to groups I missed,especially to our neighboring kingdoms who might be close enough to join us. Thanks!