Hold a New Tournament
Reason: held seasonally
Events: fencing, melee fighting, races, team fighting and magical duels
Style: round robin / points-based
Length: five days
Awards: first, second and third place
Top Prizes: small sums of money
Crowd: locals and foreigners
Betting: official - fair odds
Other Entertainment: staged exhibitions, magic shows, acrobats and jugglers and parades
Competitors of interest:
The proud youth who desperately needs the prize.
The nondescript mercenary who is all talk.
The disgraced noble who is a long shot to win.
The wandering fighter who is relatively well-known.
The showy mage who knows quite a few unorthodox tricks.
The odd foreigner who is surprisingly agile.
The cheerful fighter who is fiercly competetive.