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A trip back in time at Old Wadena

Spectators cover their ears as a cannon fires during a demonstration Saturday at the 2014 Old Wadena Rendezvous & Folklife Festival. The event, now in its 24th year, celebrates the history of north-central Minnesota. It's held at Old Wadena County Park, along the banks of the Crow Wing River northwest of Staples. Fur traders built a trading post at this site in 1783. The next century, the Red River Ox Cart trail passed through the area. Later, it became the original townsite of Wadena.1 / 7
Lonnie Murray's booth at the Old Wadena County Park on Saturday features pelts from a wide variety of animals, including coyote, raccoon and beaver. The Brainerd resident trapped all of the animals himself. In the foreground, a stuffed fisher lays amidst piles of fur. 2 / 7
Jim Whistler of Brainerd tries some of the wheat bread Jean Beckmann of Moorhead (left) baked Saturday at the Old Wadena Rendezvous & Folklife Festival. She made it with a Dutch oven, the traditional method.3 / 7
Gary Anderson of Pine River makes a tomahawk during a blacksmithing demonstration Saturday afternoon at the Old Wadena Rendezvous & Folklife Festival.4 / 7
Lisi Wright (right) of Galactic Cowboy Orchestra plays the fiddle Saturday afternoon at Old Wadena County Park. The musicians, which describe their work as jazzgrass art rock, were among six acts that took the stage during the two-day festival. The mandolin/harp duo Curtis & Loretta played later Saturday, as did Fargo folk artist Amanda Standalone. On Sunday, singer-songwriters Boyd Blomberg of Grand Marais and Barbara Jean of the Twin Cities performed, followed by the Erik Koskinen Band.5 / 7
Ron Banks of Nisswa stands next to his primitive camp at Old Wadena County Park Saturday afternoon. The camp looks exactly as it would have in the 1750s, Banks said, as he tended to a meal of dried peas and beef portions that he cooked in a corn boiler. Banks made much of his equipment and clothing by hand, including his wax canvas backpack and leggings.6 / 7
Larry DeWald of the River Trail Riders and his horse, Red, help direct traffic at the Old Wadena County Park Saturday afternoon. 7 / 7