It is with a heavy heart that the Shire of Rio de las Animas will be cancelling the “Defender of the Silverpass” event this year. On July 24th a lightning strike started a fire near the site which is now being referred to as the “Serviceberry Fire”. An attempt was made by local wildlands firefighters to contain the blaze, but it jumped the line and has now grown to an estimated 25 acres in size. Although the site has not yet been directly affected, it is expected that there will be heavy smoke accumulation at times of the day in the valley, and the path of the fire is as of current unpredictable. The autocrats of the event have therefore decided that despite the loss of time and effort invested into Silverpass, it is in the best interest of all those attending, from both near and far, that it be cancelled. We will miss seeing all of you and thank you for your support of our shire; we hold your safety and well being above all.  -Lord Ronan

Greetings! Nineteen years ago, in a much younger Kingdom, a small group of friends gathered for a day of fighting, feasting and fun. Thus the traditions of our shire began. Come all and help us celebrate the days past, when great contests were fought at the Silver Pass with rapier, arrow, sword and mead. Come all to out beautiful mountain site to help us forge new memories that will be told as tales of glory in the years to come. Old friends, new friends, all who pass this way, we welcome you to a weekend of fighting and fun. There will be something for everyone to do: tourneys for rapier, heavy weapons, archer and cut and thrust as well as arts and sciences siege projects.

The Shire of Rio de las Animas is looking for a new champion of the Silver Pass as our current one grows tired and longs for rest. If you think you are up to the challenge, we beg you to join us and stand on the fields to meet great opponents and see who will be our new champion!

Our annual event features armored combat, archery, the arts and sciences, and so much more. Visit our event website using the link below to find out more.

https://riodefender.wordpress.com/