Thousands Expected At Annual Ft. Atkinson Rendezvous

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Thousands Expected At Annual Ft. Atkinson Rendezvous Fort Atkinson – Thousands of visitors will make the pilgrimage to northeast Iowa this fall for the 32nd Annual Fort Atkinson Rendezvous.

The annual celebration recreates life as it was on the Iowa frontier in the 1840s with authentic buckskinners, U.S. Army dragoons, black powder shoots, crafts, contents, demonstrations and period music. The two-day celebration is packed with demonstrations on basket weaving, rug hooking, pottery, blacksmithing and period hunting and trapping and more. Numerous contests are planned, including skillet throw, cooking, flint and steel, shooting, turkey calling and knife throwing competitions. Youngsters will also have an opportunity to see and play games popular with kids of that era.

The two-day event will be held Sept. 27 and 28. Hours for the event are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The theme of this year’s rendezvous is “Frontier Medicine.”

There is no admission charge, and parking is free. Fort Atkinson State Preserve is located on the north side of the town of Fort Atkinson in Winneshiek County, just west of Iowa Highway 24. It is approximately 175 miles northeast of Des Moines, or 90 miles north of Cedar Rapids.

For more information, contact Scot Michelson, Volga River Recreation Area park ranger, at 563-425-4161.