2019 Desert Rose Memorial Day Rendezvous
Experience pre-1840s fur-trade life at the Desert Rose Memorial Day Rendezvous on May 24-27, 2019 at the Desert Rose Ranch in Lebanon, Oregon. Hosted by the Forest Hills Black Powder Brigade, the Desert Rose Memorial Day Rendezvous is open to the public and will feature numerous activities for participation and observation. Included in these activities are shooting trails for primitive black powder rifles, pistols and squirrel gun.
Between 1823 and 1840 rendezvous were places where trappers would come down out of the mountains to meet with the fur trade company supply wagon and other trappers and trade the pelts and hides they had gathered throughout the year for supplies to make it through the next trapping season.
Black powder shooting contests at the Desert Rose Memorial Day Rendezvous include both “target” and “trail” events. The difference between a trail walk and a typical target shoot is that shooters will walk down a trail and shoot in different situations with a variety of targets. Shooters will also get an extra point if they are in primitive clothing but it is not required. This is also true with the tomahawk and knife trail, where participants will have to display and ability to stick a knife or tomahawk into stumps from different distances.
Also included in the black powder shooting contests is a couples shoot, the tomahawk and knife throwing trail, children’s games and a frying pan toss. Often times included in the toss are sometimes less-than-willing targets who have to stand in front of their wives and friends as they hurl a frying pan at them.
Attend the morning shooters meeting for an extra trail point.
Contest Divisions: Men’s, Women’s, Young adult (15-18), Juniors (11-14),
and peewee (6-10).
Trail Walk: Patched round ball, open iron sights only. Extra point for primitive dress, foot wear optional.
Contest Entry Fees: Family $25, Single adult $15, Young adult $10, Juniors $5, PeeWee FREE!
You may shoot in a second division for $10.
Other Events: Shotgun $5.00, Squirrel Trail $1.00, Archery Trail $1.00, Long Gong $1.00, Couples Shoot $1.00, Frying Pan Toss $1.00 per/toss, Childrens Games FREE!
Desert Rose Memorial Day Rendezvous Mini Gallery
Camp fee $20.00 per lodge, tent or RV.
There will be modern as well as primitive camping areas and a “sutler’s row” where reenactors will sell period-correct crafts and wares. Generally, everything needed to outfit a reenactor can be found on sutler’’s row.
Desert Rose Ranch
31660 Berlin Ridge Road
Lebanon, OR 31660
There will be a traders row as well as both primitive and modern camping areas.
Register Early and Save $5
Early registration bonus! Save $5.00 on your camping fees if you send in prior to May 15th.
Please make checks payable to FHBPB and mail to: Desert Rose Rendezvous, C/O FHBPB, PO Box 155, Forest Grove, OR 97116.
Traders are welcome for the fee of a blanket prize!
For More Information
Booshway: Dale “Slippery Nipple” Schaecher 503-332-2689
Segundo: Colin “Lid Keeper” Carlson 503-806-4315
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Desert Rose Memorial Day Rendezvous at the Desert Rose Ranch in Lebanon, Oregon.
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