Sports and Outdoors

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Rendezvous at Ouabache SP, June 18-20

Indiana DNR Release:

Step back in time during this year’s Rendezvous on the Ouabache at Ouabache State Park, June 18-20.

The Rendezvous is a pre-1840s living-history weekend aimed at educating visitors about an important period in the history and expansion of the United States.

There will be a period encampment all weekend. A Covered Wagon Conversation will be offered Friday, providing an introduction to what a rendezvous was and the time period. On Saturday and Sunday, there will be demonstrations of period skills. Also, there will be programs on bison and their relationship to Native Americans, and on medicinal herbs. Participants will be able to try bead making and tomahawk throwing. A tug-of-war contest will take place on Saturday.

On Friday, June 18, programs start at 8 p.m.; Saturday, June 19, hours are 9 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday, June 20, hours are 9a.m.–4 p.m.

The programs are geared toward everyone interested in history, artifacts, pioneers, trappers, traders, mountain men, Native Americans and outdoor living skills.

Ouabache State Park is at 4930 East State Road 201, Bluffton, IN 46714. The encampment will be located near the fire tower.

There is no fee to participate in any event during the weekend, although donations would be appreciated. Normal park admission fees will apply (Indiana Residents: $5 per vehicle, out-of-state: $7 per vehicle daily). Limited parking will be available at the Rendezvous site.

For more information about the interpretive services, the Rendezvous, or becoming involved with interpretive and cultural events at Ouabache State Park, call the interpretive naturalist at (260) 824-0926 or e-mail

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