National Midwest Primitive NRLHF Rendezvous

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By Carole Williams on Wednesday, January 5, 2005 - 06:37 pm:

Hi folks,

I'm going to cut and paste some information below about the National Midwest Rendezvous that's coming to Ontonagon July 29 - August 6, 2005. This will mark the first time that a National Rondy will have been held in the UP and we expect a good turn-out of vousers in their primitive clothing. It also marks the first time that the UP will be a part of the Midwest Territory Rendezvous Circuit.

The event is open to the public and it's something the whole family will enjoy...shooting events for pop to watch, Trader's Row for mom, cannon shoots to amaze the kids, seminars for the whole family, and lots of other good stuff, too. Be sure to visit our Website at for more information.

Thanks for taking the time to read this,

Carole Williams, National Advertising Coordinator
National Midwest Primitive NRLHFRendezvous


July 29 - August 6, 2005 - ‘O5 MIDWEST PRIMITIVE NRLHF RENDEZVOUS – Ontonagon, MI, located on the southwestern shore of Lake Superior in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula.

The grassy and flat 200-acre rendezvous site is along the Ontonagon River just south of the village of Ontonagon, the oldest white settlement on the sandy southern shores of the “big lake”, the shores of Gitchee Gumee. While Ontonagon is short on stoplights and heavy traffic, it’s long on friendly people, emerald green forests, crystal-clear water, and the Milky Way sparkling overhead at night.

v Blackpowder Shooting

v Primitive Archery

v Knife & Hawk Throws

v Women’s Games

v Kid’s Games

v Cooking Contests

v Historical Seminars

v Trader’s Row

Early set-up for participants begins July 25th with no early set-up charge for those pre-registered. Those registering at the gate will be charged an early set-up fee. Rendezvous rules will take effect July 29th at 10 a.m. and continue through closing ceremonies on Aug. 6th. Gate hours: 9a.m.-5p.m. daily. Those who wish to maintain a primitive atmosphere will be respected and provided for well outside of the visiting public area. All clothing, lodges, and accoutrements must be in keeping with the period of 1640-1840 in North America. Firewood, water, trash pick-up, and hooters provided. Ice available for purchase on site. A limited amount of on-site modern and handicapped campsites is available, but there are many places to stay in the surrounding area.

While games and contests are limited to registered participants, the rendezvous is open to the public who is most welcome to watch events, take part in seminars, and enjoy a stroll through "Trader's Row".

Pubic admission fees are $4 for adults, $1 for kids 12 and up, free to children under 12, and a special discount will be given to members of the military and servicemen's organizations and their auxiliary's wearing their military cap. The public is not required to wear pre-1840 clothing. Sorry, but pets, no matter how friendly, will be admitted.

Registration forms with instructions for participants can be printed from the ’05 Midwest Rendezvous Website at . They can also be obtained at or by calling 304-349-2186.

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