Sundance Meadows Ranch Free Trappers Rendezvous

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Name: Sundance Meadows Ranch Free Trappers Rendezvous
Date: April 11, 2019 - April 14, 2019
Event Description:
Sundance Meadows Rendezvous 2019 This coming April 11th – 14th will be Sundance Meadows 1st Annual Mountain Man Rendezvous. This is a fundraiser for the Ranch and we hope it becomes a yearly tradition. So what is a Rondy? Mountain Men Rendezvous (in trapper jargon) was an annual gathering (1825–1840) at various locations held by a fur trading company at which trappers and mountain men sold their furs and hides and replenished their supplies. The large fur companies put together teamster driven mule trains which packed in whiskey and supplies into a pre-announced location each spring-summer and set up a trading fair—the rendezvous—and at the season's end, packed furs out, normally the British Companies to Fort Vancouver in the Pacific Northwest, and to one of the northern Missouri River ports such as St. Joseph, Missouri, if an American overland fur trading company. Rendezvous were known to be lively, joyous places, where all were allowed- free trappers, Indians, native trapper wives and children, travelers and later on, even tourists who would venture from even as far as Europe to observe the festivities. James Beckwourth describes: "Mirth, songs, dancing, shouting, trading, running, jumping, singing, racing, target-shooting, yarns, frolic, with all sorts of extravagances that white men or Indians could invent."[1] Rendezvous are still celebrated as gatherings of like-minded individuals or clubs in many walks of life. The fur trading rendezvous are celebrated by traditional black-powder rifle clubs all over the US and Canada. These gatherings range from small gatherings sponsored by local clubs to large gatherings like the Pacific Primitive Rendezvous and others. These gatherings include much of the same activities of the originals, centering on the shooting of muzzle-loaded rifles, trade guns and shotguns, the throwing of knives and tomahawks and primitive archery, as well as cooking, dancing, singing, the telling of tall tales and of past rendezvous. Personas taken on by participants include trappers, traders, housewives, Native Americans, frontiersmen, free-trappers and many others, including soldiers.

Sundance Meadows re-enactment of a Mountain Man Rendezvous will be held on Ranch property, just off Ford Rd. It’s a rare chance to feel like you are stepping back in time to an era when life was wild and free. There will be two sides of camp… the “Tin Teepee” side, and the Primitive side where all encampments must appear to be pre-1840 era. Anyone is allowed to visit and check out the festivities. Many people who attend Rondys will dress in period clothing. There will be a Traders Row where vendors can sell their wares, both pre-1840 and more modern. There will be all kinds of events, as you can view in the downloadable “Schedule of Events” for the Rondy. Just a few of those events are Black Powder Rifle and Pistol Shoots, hawk & knife throwing competitions, a smokeless trail for those who don’t shoot, and much, much more! There will be a large variety of prizes and awards for those who wish to participate in the competitions.
60335 Arnold Market Rd Bend, Oregon 97702
Date/Time Information:
April 11 - 14, 2019 All day events, camping allowed.
Contact Information:
Jodi M Hayward
$15.00 per camp fee $15.00 per individual choosing to compete $35.00 family competition fee Day Pass just to check it out is FREE
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