149th Calvert County Jousting Tournament (Maryland’s Official State Sport)
Christ Church 3100 Broomes Island Rd (MD 264) Port Republic, Maryland 20676
For information please call 410-586-0565 or visit www.christchurchcalvert.org
Donations requested for Admission to Grounds for Tournament & Bazaar (ages 6 and older)
Jousting – 12:00noon
Church Bazaar – 11:00am – 2:00pm
Features: Baked Goods, Books, Toys, Plants, Crafts, and more! (all by parish members)
Concerts in the Church – 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Country Supper – 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Boxed Suppers available – 12:00noon – 6:00pm
Fried chicken, deviled crab, ham (choose two), sides, beverages, & desserts.
Donation: $20 for Adults; $8 for Ages 6-12 Children age 5 and under accompanied by paying adult eat FREE! (Crab available only with adult portion.)
Boxed Suppers – Donation: $20
The Tournament is being held for the 149th time in 2015. It is a traditional favorite among riders and spectators in Maryland. Proceeds of the Tournament and associated Bazaar and Country Supper benefit Christ Church. The Tournament is conducted under the auspices of the Maryland Jousting Tournament Association (MJTA).
Once you’ve reached Calvert County, follow MD Route 2/Route 4 until it meets Broomes Island Road (MD Highway 264) about 4 miles south of Prince Frederick or 4 miles north of St Leonard. There is a traffic signal at this T-shaped intersection, and only one direction (south) to choose onto MD Highway 264. Christ Church and its Parish Hall are the first buildings on the left, about one-half mile from the intersection.
Ring Jousting is the Official State Sport of Maryland. Riders compete as novices, amateurs, semi-pros, or professionals. The object is to “spear” – from horseback – 3 rings hung from 3 successive arches 30 yards apart. Including a 20-yard approach to the first arch, every rider (except in the novice class), must travel the course in 9 seconds or less. Each rider makes 3 charges, seeking a perfect score of 9 rings taken. Rings vary in diameter from 1-3/4 inch to 1/4 inch, with successively smaller sizes used to settle ties.