Hold a New Tournament
Reason: celebrating a recent event
Events: throwing (javelins, etc), archery, fencing, martial arts and magical duels
Length: three days
Awards: first and second place
Top Prizes: small sums of money
Crowd: mostly locals
Betting: unofficial - rigged odds
Other Entertainment: trained animals, musical contest(s), staged exhibitions and acrobats and jugglers
Competitors of interest:
The jaded warrior who is frighteningly fast.
The nondescript mercenary who has good odds to win.
The wandering fighter who is surprisingly agile.
The tricky rogue who knows quite a few unorthodox tricks.
The local favourite who has already made a few enemies.
The precocious commoner who will do anything to win.