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Old Wadena Rendezvous and Folklife Festival set for Aug. 9 - 10

The Old Wadena Rendezvous and Folklife Festival includes the best contemporary acoustic music and artisans demonstrating folk arts. As always, there will be re-enactors helping to interpret the way it was in the fur trading era on the Crow Wing River at Old Wadena Park, just north of Staples. Long time favorites Curtis and Loretta plus hometown favorite Erik Koskinen are just two of the performers slated for the stage at this year's Old Wadena Rendezvous.

The annual the Old Wadena Rendezvous and Folk Music Festival is set for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9 - 10 at the Old Wadena County Park just six miles northwest of Staples.

The Old Wadena Rendezvous schedule for the stage under the big tent will include the following:


12 noon: Margo McCreary and "The On-Time Circus" puppet show

1 p.m.: Galactic Cowboy Orchestra

2 p.m.: Galactic Cowboy Orchestra

3 p.m.: Curtis and Loretta

4 p.m. Curtis and Loretta

Later Saturday evening

Fargo-based folk singer Amanda Nygard (Standalone)


12 noon: Pushing Chain, a duo featuring Boyd Blomberg and Adam Moe

1 p.m.: Margo McCreary and "The On-Time Circus" puppet show

2 p.m.: Boyd Blomberg

3 p.m.: Barbara Jean

4 p.m.: Erik Koskinen Band.

The Old Wadena Society has sponsored the annual Old Wadena Rendezvous and Folk Music Festival for the past 24 years. Their festival showcases two days of great music, storytelling for all, delicious food, and artists and artisans displaying their work. This year a number of new demonstrators and informational booths are planned for the grounds. They will include, among many others, an archery demonstration, basic outdoor survival skills, and a "hands-on" BB gun demonstration time for young people.

The Rendezvous Festival includes the encampment of the Crow Wing Muzzleloaders Club. Outfitted in authentic period leather and linen, these men and women provide the nucleus of a camp of re-enactors who will demonstrate how fur traders lived in the 1840s. Tipi's and canvas tents provide their only shelter. The Muzzleloaders have been Old Wadena regulars since the rendezvous began.

Food vendors will be selling fry bread, candy and beverages. Artists and craftsmen expected include blacksmithing; portrait/scenery painting on slab wood; wood carving, and others.

Wadena County native Dick Oehlenschlager, an assistant curator at the Minnesota Science Museum in St. Paul, will present interesting information about the geology and ecology of the Old Wadena Park region. There will be opportunities for kids to participate in making a birdhouse to take home and to play games from the 1800s.

The Rendezvous and Festival are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11 and 12.

Old Wadena Park is situated on the banks of the Crow Wing River. The park is north and west of Staples and north and east of the city of Wadena. For updated information, go to