This Valentine’s Day, a bunch of scrappy, cardboard-clad knights and knaves braved the heat, the cold, and the slippery mud of Cal Anderson park, battling to be named the victor of the Lover’s Quarrel Cardboard Tube Fight, hosted by the Beard and Stache Fest and the Cardboard Tube Fighting League (CTFL). Unlike in a lover’s quarrel, however, contestants of today’s games were less encouraged to express their feelings, but rather to let their tubes do the talking.
A mostly bearded group gathers on the muddy field to watch children battle. How very medieval!
Two ladies sport handcrafted armor
A man supports the Beard and Stache Fest’s love for beardiness
Two contestants battle on the hilltop while the crowd cheers and jeers
A valiant warrior, armed in a Huggies box, retreats from an unfair match