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Explore our site and learn about the sport of ring jousting and its rich tradition in Maryland. Please join us at a tournament to learn more!!!

2018 Maryland Jousting Schedule

DATE/TIME JOUST
Sat. May 5, 2018
1:00 pm
Shawan Valley Joust
Cockeysville, MD 21030
Sat. May 26, 2018
11:00 am
Harry Brooks Memorial Tournament
Kingsville, MD 21087
Sat. June 9, 2018
11:00 am
Founder's Day Joust
Kingsville, MD 21087
Sat. June 16, 2018
11:00 am
Hall of Fame Tournament
Mount Salon, VA 22843
Sat. June 23, 2018
11:00 am
George Kreutzer Memorial Joust
Kingsville, MD 21087
Sat. July 7, 2018
10:00 am
Mack Ridout Memorial Joust
Annapolis, MD 21409
Sat. July 14, 2018
10:00 am
Jerusalem Mill Tournament
Kingsville, MD 21087
Sun. July 15, 2018
12 Noon
97th Petersville Farmers Club Joust
Brunswick, MD 21758
Sat. July 28, 2018
1:00 pm
St. Mary's Catholic Church 143rd Festival &
Joust
Barnesville, MD 20838
Wed. August 1, 2018
1:00 pm
Old St. Joseph's Church 150th Joust
Cordova, MD 21625
Fri. August 10, 2018
5:00 pm
Queen Anne's County Fair Joust
Centreville, MD 21617
Sat. August 18, 2018
12 Noon
Fairplay Day Joust
Boonsboro, MD 21713
Sat. August 25, 2018
12 Noon
152nd Calvert Co. Joust & Dinner
Port Republic, MD 20676
Sat. September 8, 2018
11:00 am
Independence Farm Joust
Port Deposit, MD 21904
Sun. September 9, 2018
12:30 pm
WMJC Championship Joust
Brunswick, MD 21758
Tue. September 18, 2018
11:00 am
Frederick Fair Exhibition
Frederick, MD 21701
Sat. September 22, 2018
11:00 am
AJC Championship Joust
Kingsville, MD 21087
Sat. September 22, 2018
12:30 pm
St. Mary's County Fair Joust
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Sat. October 6, 2018
10:00 am
Rain date Oct. 7th
Maryland State Championship Joust
Crownsville, MD 21032
Sat. October 13, 2018
10:00 am
Rain date Oct. 20th
National Jousting Championship
Brunswick, MD 21758

View the complete 2018 Maryland Jousting Schedule here.
Download the 2018 printable Maryland Jousting Schedule (PDF) here.

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The Sport of Ring Jousting ....

A traditional ring joust -- a test of skill and horsemanship where riders pass through a series of arches, attempting to spear three dangling rings and present them to the judges. There are three regulation rides for three rings, allowing a knight or maid to capture nine rings for a perfect score. Starting ring diameters range from one and three quarter inches for novices to one inch for professional jousters. Tie-off rides can be conducted with rings as small as one quarter inch in diameter.

MJTA hosts many jousting tournaments throughout the season, the Annual State Championship Tournament and an Annual Awards Banquet.

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"Maryland's Official State Sport"

Jousting is a sport synonymous with Maryland history. It has survived in Maryland since the founding of the original colony.

The people of Maryland enjoy this sport because of its colorful, friendly, traditional aspects. Men, women and children participate often in the same classes, and always under the same set of standard rules. A Maryland Jousting Tournament is unique in its own right, and depicts the motto of the Great Seal of Maryland. It is indeed a sport of “Manly Deeds and Womanly Words”.

During the special February session of the Maryland legislature in 1962, the Honorable Henry J. Fowler Sr., Delegate from St. Mary's County, introduced a bill into the Maryland House of Delegates giving recognition to the sport of jousting as the Official State Sport of Maryland. This bill passed both chambers of the Legislature by an overwhelming vote and was signed into law by Governor J. Millard Tawes. Thus, as of June 1, 1962, Maryland became the first state in the United States to adopt an official state sport. We are proud of the honor and of the opportunity to present for the fine people of Maryland, as well as the tourists and visitors from other states, what we proudly hail as the Official State Sport of Maryland.

Maryland Jousting Tournament Association

The Maryland Jousting Tournament Association (MJTA) was established in 1950.

The purpose of the organization

A. To govern a standard set of jousting tournament rules which are agreeable to the riders and which will be enforced at every tournament.

B. To act as mediator between sponsors in arranging suitable tournament dates that are not in conflict.

C. To notify each member in advance as to the time and place of each tournament.

D. To promote a better understanding between rider, sponsors and spectators.

E. To encourage good sportsmanship and good horsemanship among the members.

F. To encourage a friendlier relationship and mutual understanding among the members.

G. To make every effort to keep alive the quaint, colorful, ancient traditions of the Age of Chivalry which are associated with the sport, and to do as much as possible to make it unique in its own right.