The European Archers Festival is more than just a shooting contest. It is an event that is organised every three years for archery clubs, civil guards, brotherhoods and guilds of marksmen from different European countries. Besides the contest for the title of European King, the European Festival EST is all about meeting other European marksmen. Competitions such as shooting, playing drums, flag throwing, waving colours and, above all, the celebration itself strengthen the mutual European bonds and friendships. Also the gathering of youth members is considered very important within the European Community of Historic Guilds.
The organization of the European Festival EST 2022 has been assigned by the European Community of Historic Guilds (EGS) to the Koninklijke en Graaflijke Handbooggilde Sint-Sebastiaan ‘Eendracht van Ooidonk’ (www.eendracht-van-ooidonk.com ). After deliberation with the city of Deinze, the city council gave its fundamental agreement on the 26th of January 2016.