Every year, on the first Sunday of July, somewhere in the Netherlands or in Belgian Limburg the Old Limburgian Shooters’ Festival (OLS) takes place. Almost all civic shooters guilds in both Limburgs, with a total of around ten thousand shooters, take part in it. After the reception of invitees and shooters, there is an opening and flag parade in the morning. The afternoon is reserved for a colourful parade of about 160 shooters guilds. There are participants in fantasy costumes, military uniforms and in guild costumes. The parade show takes place in front of the official gallery. The parade itself is already a competition. An extensive jury judges the most beautiful kings and queens, bielemannen (axe men), sutlers, sign carriers and bands and other parade participants. After the parade special competitions in exercise and flag throwing are held. The highlight of the shooters’ festival is the shooting competition. Every shooters guild has a team of six shooters. They must shoot bölkes (little cube-shaped blocks of wood) from the high hark (rake). In turn the shooters fire three shots each at the bölkes. When a shooter misses, the guild loses. The six only ones who do not miss or miss as the last team, win the match and get den um (a bronze trophy sculpture). The shooters guild to which this teams belongs, may organise next year’s OLS.