Bogenschuetzenfest is an archery competition at Kitchener-Waterloo’s Oktoberfest, and I’m telling you, it’s awesome. People come in old fashioned costumes, lederhosen and with their badges from past years stitched onto their jackets. And you’re on the property of Hubertushaus, the Hunting and Fishing Lodge, which doubles as a Festhalle (all-out German beer-hall) in the evenings. Actually, when you’re done shooting at Bogenschuetzenfest, their bar is already open for a pint. I’ll totally be having one.
On Saturday, the target is a styrofoam eagle at the top of a pole, and the archers who shoot off the respective bits of the bird get to hold titles like Flugelman and Prinzessen. You have to have 2 crazy pouffy arrows called Flu-flus to play.
On the Sunday, they have a running boar competition, where two guys pull the ’boar’ across the range by pulleys.
Now, I’m going to brag on Rob’s behalf: two years ago, Rob won the Kroneman prize. It was our first time going to Bogenschuetzenfest AND he’d only got his bow that year. The Kroneman is the person who shoots the crown off the bird and they offered to let us keep the crown but really we’ve got enough stuff without a shot up styrofoam crown. What we did hold onto was the groovy patch they gave him and two years later, it’s still not attached to any-bleeding-thing and now we have two weeks to do so if he’s going to wear it this year. Sheesh!