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Photo provided The Clockwork Clown, a fire-eating mime will appear at Old Wadena Rendezvous this weekend.

Old Wadena Rendezvous coming up

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Several performers from previous rendezvous are back for encore events for this year's Old Wadena Rendezvous and Folk Music Festival planned for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 14 and 15.

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The 20th annual rendezvous features members of the Crow Wing Muzzle Loaders camped in authentic pre-1820 attire, re-enacting the annual fur trader's rendezvous of years ago.

Added features are an entertainment lineup that includes The Clockwork Clown, a fire-eating mime that has entertained audiences for the past several rendezvous at the Old Wadena county park, located about seven miles northwest of Staples.

The main stage at Old Wadena will feature encore performances by Elisa Koreen, a New York City transplant to New York Mills. She will be singing both old standard folk music as well as new songs of her own composing, featuring songs of the Jewish experience in Minnesota.

Curtis and Loretta, and Gary and Dawn Timbs from Staples are two more teams that have been on the main stage in past years and back this year, Curtis and Loretta on Saturday's schedule, Gary and Dawn on the Sunday afternoon program. Curtis and Loretta will be performing their Minnesota history songs while Dawn and Gary will be singing old standards along with several of Dawn's own compositions.

Jon Romer, a retired college vocal music director from Cass Lake, is expected back as well. He plays his own Indian flutes and performs beautiful music that wafts through the pines of the historic park above the Crow Wing River.

Along with re-enactors showing their camping skills such as baking and demonstrating how the trappers lived and survived, several artisans and story tellers will be doing their thing around the rendezvous grounds. Wood carvers, potters, painters and others have been involved in past Old Wadena events.

Story tellers expected this year will include Wadena County native Dick Oehlenschlager, who shares his vast knowledge of this area's geology, plants and animals.

As always there will be food and trader tents with the rendezvous. Pierre and Carol are back with the Blue Frog dry goods store. Slow food, including gourmet rendezvous fry break and rendezvous stew are both on the menu.

The rendezvous gates open each morning at 9 a.m. The park can be reached by following Wadena County Roads 2 and 29. Follow the Old Wadena Rendezvous signs that will be placed at strategic locations coming from all directions.

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