2019 Mille Lacs History Festival and Rendezvous
Experience early fur trade-era life at the 27th Annual Mille Lacs History Festival and Rendezvous on June 29-30, 2019 six miles south of Isle, Minnesota. All re-enactors from the French & Indian War through the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade are welcome.
Mille Lacs History Festival and Rendezvous
Since 1993, the Mille Lacs History Festival and Rendezvous has been held in late June in a rolling field in the woods south of Mille Lacs Lake. The event produces a bloom of white canvas in the form of tents in the style of 200 years ago. The rendezvous has become a highly regarded living history event within Minnesota. It’s a regular destination for up to 150 living history participants living in a frontier city of 55 to 75 primitive camps, and for many, a yearly reunion.
A big part of the experience is the camaraderie among the re-enactors, known as voyageurs and buckskinners, while the other is the passion of demonstrating skills and crafts of 200 years ago to kids of all ages. The fur trade era is well connected to the Mille Lacs area, and there were multiple trading posts, trails and portages present. And both Aitkin and Morrison Counties were named after fur traders.
The Rendezvous Camp is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 9 a.m., with a donation needed for entry by those over 10 years old. The location is six miles south of Isle or 16 miles north of Ogilvie on Hwy. 47, then one mile west on Red Road.
The sights, sounds and smells of 200 years ago come alive once again, with the opportunity to bring home some Americana of the time that the participants make and sell. There will be food, blacksmiths, woodcarvers, woodworkers, ropemakers, music, a storyteller and surprises. It’s never known just who might show up. The event kicks off with a 21-gun national salute at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Impromptu skills demonstrations and music are ongoing throughout the event by many artisans and primitive campers.
This event has been presented each year since 1993 by the Mille Lacs Lake Historical society of Isle, Minnesota. It originally was planned to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the organization, and became an annual event.
9am-6 pm Saturday and 9am-4pm on Sunday
$8.00 at gate
FREE to those 10 & under
9:00 – 6:00 Saturday / 9:00 – 4:00 Sunday
Primitive Camping: $30.00 per site
Folk Arts Site:
$30.00 (10’ x 10’ space)
Non-Primitive Tent & R.V. Sites
$30.00 (No Power or Running Water)
Celebrate the Fur Trade!
* 1840s Rendezvous Camp
* History & Storytelling
* Black Powder Shooting
* Folk Arts
* Music & Entertainment
* Food & Drink
* Mille Lacs Lake Historical Society
* Jim & Kate West
* Mille Lac Fur Company Members
Schedule & Activities
* Camp Meeting Friday at 8:00 PM.
* Potluck Supper Saturday at 6:00PM.
* Naming ceremonies, winners, contests, & planning for next year at 7:00PM Saturday.
* Stories, Visiting, & Music Jam at 8:00PM Saturday.
* National Salute & Flag Raising 10:00 AM Saturday.
* Camp set-up Friday, early arrivals O.K. with notice.
* No extra trade fees! *No Shoot Fee for campers!!
* Wood, water, & toilets provided.
* Period camp, trade goods & clothing mandated.
* Pre-registration preferred, not mandatory.
* No vehicles in camp 8AM Saturday – 4PM Sunday.
* Family event – No inappropriate behavior.
* Atlatl Competition!
* Primitive Archery Competition!
* Tomahawk Competition!
* No loaded weapons in camp!
TO PRE-REGISTER FOR A SITE AND ALSO RECEIVE A DETAILED MAP
SEND A SELF ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE TO:
M.L.L.H.S. HISTORY FEST
P.O. BOX 42
ISLE, MN 56342
Six miles south of Isle
Isle, MN 56342
Directions: Located six miles south of Isle, MN on Highway 47 or sixteen miles north of Ogilvie on Hwy. 47, and 1.5 mile west on Red Road. Due to the width of Red Road, it will be one way only heading west from Highway 47. There is another outlet to Mille Lacs County Road # 27. A right turn brings you back to Highway 47. Watch for signs!
For More Information
Or call (763)757-4118 and leave a message
Booshway: Alaina Tschida 320-250-4796
Segundo: John A Lindholm 218-929-7171
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Mille Lacs History Festival and Rendezvous in June six miles south of Isle, Minnesota.
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