42nd Annual Rendezvous
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42nd Annual Fort DeChartres Rendezvous

 

There will be some changes in format, schedule, and entertainment as well as possible fee adjustments so please revisit this site regularly for updates as they come available. See you there!!!!

 

June 2 and 3, 2012

 Rendezvous is a re-creation of the traditional French fur trapper’s holiday of the Eighteenth Century, and is one of the oldest and largest events of its kind in the United States. Join with the buckskinners, militiamen, artisans, and entertainers as they celebrate life in the shadows of the great fortress known as Fort de Chartres.

 

Primitive Camp Information

Registration and set-up will be from  9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 26th, from Sun. May 27th thru Fri. June 1st registration will be open from 8am to 8pm.  Vehicles are not to be kept in the camping area overnight even before Friday. You will be allowed to drive in ONCE more before Friday and after that you must move your vehicle to "Participant Parking" again. This means that WHATEVER day you set up, after your 2nd trip in your vehicle does not return to Primitive Camp until AFTER Evening Colors at 5 p.m. on Sunday June 3rd, weather permitting. After 8 p.m. Friday, you will have to carry your gear into camp. If it rains, be prepared to pack in and out.

Please do not bring firewood to the Rendezvous! According to the USDA and the INDR reports, the Emerald Ash Borer has been found in Illinois. This insect is potentially disastrous to all ash trees in the state and is being brought to new areas in firewood. Additional firewood will be purchased locally. For the same reasons we ask that you do not remove firewood from the site as well. Thank you for your cooperation.

Primitive Camp fee will be $20 per tent for this year. Water and some firewood provided
Time Period is 1720-1820

NO PETS!

Noise curfew of 1 a.m. WILL be enforced.
Plastic tarps, aluminum cots should be concealed.  Aluminum lawn chairs are prohibited.
For safety- NO loaded firearms and no knife or hawk throwing in camp. No fireworks, which are illegal in Illinois
Modern conveniences, I.e., drink cans, plastic food packaging, coolers, etc, should be concealed. Radios, tape players, gas and kerosene lanterns and stoves are prohibited.
Before you leave, please help the Fort by returning all unused firewood to the woodpile.

AN 8pm CURFEW REGARDING ALL NON HISTORIC PARTICIPATION IN THE PRIMITIVE CAMP WILL BE ENFORCED.  ie. modern dress, equipment, and accessories.

PLEASE DO NOT DIG FIRE PITS! Please build your fires directly on top of the ground, if possible where one has previously been. The grounds will recover much faster this way.  Your cooperation in these matters is appreciated.

NO PETS!!!!

Trade Licenses

Fees will be the same as last year.
  $25.00 blanket traders
  $50.00 Business Commercial Trader
No pre-registration required
Traders will be juried by the Board of Trade. Upon compliance with authenticity standards (1720-1820), a trade license will be issued. The Board of Trade decision is final. ALL items for sale must be juried by the committee.

PROHIBITED:
Sale of food or drink, Artsy/Crafty painted stuff, fluorescent feathers, face painting, bird houses, bamboo flutes, Central and South American items,  enamelware, non period jewelry, plastic items and protective coverings,  pop guns, artifacts, fossils, minerals,  black powder, percussion firearms, percussion supplies, “Pow-Wow” items,  soapstone containers, and harmonicas.
If you have a question the Board of Trade Chairman can be reached at: 618-284-7230.

SHOOT INFORMATION:
Pre- 1820 design. FLINTLOCK ONLY
Clothing of the 1720-1820 period.
Shooters must furnish all their own equipment
Wearing of safety eyeglasses and hearing protection is encouraged
Competition in Rifle, Smoothbore, Knife, Hawk, and Cannon.
For additional information and schedule of all competitive matches call: 618-284-7230
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS YEARS COMPETITION IS FOR FLINTLOCK ONLY

 

This year there will also be a Primitive Archery Shoot!

NO fiberglass bows or bows backed with fiberglass or synthetics. All bows must be primitive.

Please bring a $10.00 Blanket Prize

Sat. & Sun. 10:00 AM to 12:00 NOON

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
 PRIMITIVE CAMPING FEE $20.00 PER TENT

NO MODERN CAMPING ON SITE

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