A blast from times past: Mountain man rendezvous this weekend

By: 
News-Argus Staff

Step back in time and join the Snowy Mountain Muzzleloaders at East Fork Reservoir for an exciting weekend filled with activities of the mid-1800s.

There will be pistol and rifle paper matches (patched round ball, open iron sights only), trail walk gong shoots (pistol and rifle), knife and tomahawk throwing, and archery (longbows only). Participants are encouraged to dress in clothing reflective of the frontier era of the early to mid 1800s.

Activities began Friday with the opening ceremony and competitive events. Another full day of competition and activities will continue on today, Saturday. Activities on Saturday will close with a live auction of items generously donated by club members, vendors, rendezvous participants, and individuals and businesses throughout the local community.

The auction will be followed by entertainment and socializing around a bonfire. Competitors will be given the opportunity to complete one event on Sunday morning. Points will then be tallied and prizes awarded. Blanket prizes are optional; if you bring one, you will be eligible to take a prize in return.

The event is free to spectators and the public; competitors (ages 12-adult) will be charged a small fee and children under age 12 can participate free of charge (children must register; written parental consent is required).

To get there from Lewistown, follow First Avenue South to Upper Spring Creek Road, and continue southeast on Highway 238 for 11 miles. Follow the signs to the site.

Primitive and tin tepee (RV) camping will be available at the site, as will toilet facilities, water and garbage disposal. Visitors are advised to bring their own potable water. 

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