2019 Plainsmen Black Powder Club Rendezvous
Join us for the 47th Annual Plainsmen Black Powder Club Rendezvous on May 17-19, 2019 on the Sheyenne River near Sheldon, North Dakota. In May each year, the Plainsmen Black Powder Club sponsor a “rendezvous” on private land Southwest of Kindred, North Dakota. Participants, sometimes called “buckskinners” come from the whole region, including Canada to take part. The Plainsmen Black Powder Club Rendezvous is a family-friendly event, offering a variety of shooting competitions. There’s a lot to see and do, including competitions in hawk and knife throwing, primitive archery, games for children, cooking contests, homemade wine judging, fire starting contests, and many other activities. So, step back to a time where you can sit and visit around a campfire, enjoy a good story, and share good food and good times.
Onlookers are free; Saturday 9AM-5PM Sunday 9AM-1PM
Camping available, $20 for up to 2 adults and children under 18 with $10 for each additional adult in same structure.
6233 143rd Avenue SE
Sheldon, ND 58068
Directions to the Rendezvous Site:
South of Sheldon, North Dakota. We are changing up the location this year and having our Rendezvous on the same location that the High Plains Regional Rendezvous will be located in June. Located 57 miles southwest of Fargo, ND. Entrance will be marked. Watch for signs. (use map link at right)
Plainsmen Black Powder Club Rendezvous Mini Gallery
Camping or Facility Information
Primitive and Modern Camping; Registration fee for weekend of activity and camping is $20 for up to 2 adults and children under 18 with $10 for each additional adult in same structure. *Wood and water on site. Haul out your own garbage. All dogs must be leashed; clean up after your dog, your kids & yourself. No generators in modern camp unless authorized by the booshway.*
During the great fur trade era, a rendezvous was the time all the trappers would get together to sell their furs and buy supplies from the “traders” who would bring supplies to the rendezvous site. At the rendezvous, the men would renew old friendships and engage in various competitions to test their skills of every kind and character. There are black powder clubs in every state of the United States, in Canada and even in Europe. There are several rendezvous held annually in our region, including Bemidji, Perham, Detroit Lakes, and Gary, South Dakota.
At each rendezvous, a “living history” or period encampment is set up and participants dress in period clothing and use period equipment. An area is also usually set aside for people to camp in modern tents or campers, known as “tin tepees.” This allows people to participate who for a variety of reasons choose not to have a fur trade era (pre-1840s) period camp. There are events where only period correct camps are allowed on site.
The sponsoring club of any rendezvous runs many activities, usually over a weekend. There are “national rendezvous” around the country that last a week or more. For example, at the Plainsmen Black Powder Club Rendezvous, we offer a variety of shooting competitions. There are also competitions in hawk and knife throwing, primitive archery, games for children, cooking contests, homemade wine judging, fire starting contests, and many other activities.
About Plainsmen Black Powder Club
The Plainsmen Black Powder Club started in 1972 with a small group of men who had a passion for muzzle-loading guns and the ways of the past. We try to portray the ways of the mountain men. Some call it “living history”. Today, the club is more family-oriented by dressing the parts of the past at rendezvous throughout the US. We dress anywhere from the 1750s to 1840s. At rendezvous we have shooting competitions, trail walks, tomahawk and knife throws, women’s and children’s games. We can also be found just sitting and enjoying the peace and quiet.
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Plainsmen Black Powder Club Rendezvous in May outside of Kindred, North Dakota.
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