Old Wadena Rendezvous and Chautauqua cancelled for 2022

The annual event is taking a year off as work gets underway to clear the Old Wadena site following a tornado on May 30.

View above Old Wadena shows storm damage.
An aerial view above Old Wadena shows the damage inflicted on trees and the pavilion that's now gone thanks to a May 30, 2022, tornado.
Contributed / Wadena County Sheriff's Office
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WADENA — The severe storm of May 30, 2022 has damaged the Old Wadena County Park campground and surrounding woods to the extent that the park cannot be used for the Old Wadena Rendezvous in 2022.
Wadena County government is working to clear the damage away, but this work will be in process for the remainder of the summer.

At its June board meeting, the Old Wadena Society considered options for this year’s Rendezvous. After weighing the possibility of using one of several other places, the board voted not to produce a Rendezvous this year because the event is so closely identified with the Old Wadena site, according to board member Jamie Robertson.

Work to clear out timber could start as early as mid summer and the park could be reopened in the fall.

"The Old Wadena Society will put its efforts and resources toward helping Wadena County in its effort to return the Old Wadena County Park and campsite to a useful and beautiful place again and to be ready for the Old Wadena Rendezvous and Chautauqua in 2023," read a news release from the Old Wadena Society.

"Thank you to all the supporters and friends of the Old Wadena County Park and Old Wadena Society – we are sorry this destructive storm has caused a disruption in the history of the Rendezvous. Please continue your support and care for this park that is the “crown jewel” of the wonderful parks along the Crow Wing River in Wadena county. Look for further updates to be published at or on the Old Wadena Society website and on Facebook.

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