On Sept. 28, Fall River State Park will host the 11th Annual Fall River Rendezvous. The event celebrates our rich hunting and trapping heritage by recreating the annual rendezvous that occurred in the early 1800s when trappers and Native Americans camped together to trade with fur companies. Visitors will see mountain men and American Indian encampments, blackpowder and archery shooting demonstrations, tomahawk and skillet throws, living history presentations, flint knapping, blacksmiths, and much more. Youngsters will love the gold rush and candy canon.

Traders and artisans will ply their crafts, sell historical goods, and conduct demonstrations throughout the day. Lunch will be available at Popo Annies Historical Eatery. Contests for the whole family will make the day even more exciting.

The event coincides with National Public Lands Day and Free Park Entrance Day at Fall River, so no daily vehicle permit is required. (Camping permits are still required.) The rendezvous is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Fredonia Bay Area.

Enjoy the day learning about the 1800 to 1840 time period in American history in this scenic state park on the shores of Fall River Reservoir in Greenwood County. For more information, phone (620) 637-2213 or email fallriversp@ksoutdoors.com.

Logo courtesy Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

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