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Dear colleagues,


On behalf of McKendree University and the McKendree Speech and Debate Affinity Group, we cordially invite you and your team to attend the 3nd Annual City of Cedars Swing on November 11-12.


We will offer two individual events tournaments over the weekend with the full slate of AFA events. The City of Cedars will take place on Saturday, while the Forensics Roots will occur on Sunday. Both halves will offer awards for the top six in each event (as well as very nice ‘swing’ championships for the top competitor in each event for the swing), individual sweepstakes awards for the top three competitors, and team sweepstakes awards for the top three schools.


We will also continue our use of ‘recycled’ trophies for the first half of the swing. We will reduce fees in exchange for ‘recycled’ trophies, which will be awarded at the first half of the swing. These trophies can be anything – speech or non-speech related.


Entries are due Tuesday, November 7, by 5:00 p.m.  Changes may be made without charge until Wednesday, November 8, at 5:00 p.m.  Registration for both tournaments will be submitted via Speechwire.


McKendree University is located in Lebanon, IL, about 30 miles east of St. Louis.  The Metro-East area is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, and a variety of forms of entertainment.  We hope you will join us in November.




Joe Blasdel                                                          Stephen Hagan                                                 Brent Nicholson

Director of Speech and Debate                  Speech Coach                                                    Debate Coach


Erin Conner                                                     Nik Fischer                                                          Lance Allen
Speech and Debate Affinity Group            Assistant Coach                                                 Assistant Coach

Tournament Schedule


Saturday & Sunday


7:00 - 7:45 a.m.                 Registration (Piper Academic Center, 2nd Floor Lobby)


7:45 a.m.                             Extemp Draw (Piper 222)


8:15 - 9:30 a.m.                 Round 1, Pattern A (EXT, PER, POE, ADS, PRO)


9:45 – 11:00 a.m.             Round 1, Pattern B (IMP, DI, POI, DUO, INF, CA)


11:15 - 12:30 p.m.           Round 2, Pattern B


12:30 - 1:15 p.m.              Lunch on your own


1:15 p.m.                             Extemp Draw (Piper 222)


1:45 – 3:00 p.m.               Round 2, Pattern A


3:15 – 4:30 p.m.               Finals, Pattern B


4:45 p.m.                             Extemp Draw for Finals (Piper 222)


5:15 – 6:30 p.m.               Finals, Pattern A


ASAP                                     Awards (Hett Auditorium)


Entry and Awards Notes


Pattern A: Extemporaneous, Persuasion, Poetry, After Dinner, Prose

Pattern B: Impromptu, Drama, POI, Duo, Informative, CA


Limits: 3 entries per flight.


Team Sweepstakes: Schools will earn sweepstakes points for a top three ranking in preliminary rounds (3 points-2 points-1 point for a 1, 2, or 3 rank respectively).  Placement in final rounds will earn 6 points-5 points-4 points-3 points-2 points-1 point for places 1 through 6 or 7 respectively.


Quadrathon: Competitors entered in at least four events across two genres are eligible for individual sweepstakes.


Swing Championships: Swing championships will be awarded to the competitor in each event who competed in both halves and has the lowest cumulative finals ranks.


Local Host Entries: McKendree students may be entered in individual events. They will receive ranks and be eligible for final rounds like everybody else, but will be ineligible for individual sweepstakes. McKendree will also not be eligible for team sweepstakes.


Extemp prep will permit internet access as per NFA rules. McKendree will provide wireless internet access but access to electric outlets will be limited in the extemp prep room.


Fees and Judging Obligations


Fees will be calculated according to the following schedule:


IE entries                                                             $8.00 per slot

Uncovered IEs                                                   $10.00 in addition to the entry fee

Fee reduction for ‘recycled’ trophies       $2.00 per slot (up to the number of slots entered in the 1st half)


One judge will cover 8 entries across all patterns.


We will have several McKendree and community judges available, but judges are a little scarce in Lebanon so please make every effort to cover your entries. We’d rather have your judges than your $$$. For those paying with a check, please make it payable to McKendree University.




While we do not have an official tournament hotel, there are a number of hotels in the area that offer excellent rates.  Booking early is suggested. Below are a few possibilities:


Super 8 (4.2 miles from the University)

(618) 624-6060

1100 Eastgate Drive

O’Fallon, IL 62269

$57.00 per double (for up to four occupants)

Less amenities. Ask for the McKendree University rate.


Drury Inn & Suites (8 miles from the University)

(618) 624-2211

1118 Central Park Drive

O’Fallon, IL 62269

$92.00 per double (for up to four occupants).

Lots of amenities.  Ask for the McKendree University rate.




Parking will be available in the Fitness Center Parking lot each day of the tournament (the largest parking lot on campus).  It is just across the street from the Piper Academic Center, which will be the tournament headquarters.  Directions to McKendree and a campus map can be accessed at: http://www.mckendree.edu/about/visitor/campus-map.php.




There are several options for dine-in or take-out within a short drive of campus:


-Dairy Queen


-Casey’s Pizza


-Dr. Jazz

-1814 (call ahead if you can)

-Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant

-El Rey Sol Mexican Restaurant

-Las Three Marias Mexican Restaurant


Students may also pay to eat at the cafeteria on campus.


Depending on your hotel, there are several dinner options as well. All of the in-town options obviously still apply, and there is also a Huddle House near the Best Western. Those staying at the Super 8 or Drury will find O’Fallon and Shiloh full of food options.


A few suggestions:

-54th Street Bar and Grill

-Peel (wood-fired pizza, call for a reservation, but well worth it)

-Saigon (Vietnamese)

-Sushi AI


-Five Guys

-Any of a number of chains of various variety


If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us:


Joe Blasdel at (618) 537-6815 or jeblasdel@mckendree.edu

Stephen Hagan at (618) 537-6904 or sphagan@mckendree.edu



Manager contact information

Stephen Hagan
Email address: sphagan@mckendree.edu
Phone number: (618) 537-6815

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