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25th Bear River Rendezvous to begin Aug. 24

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 21st, 2012

All in the family — Brad Asay, grandfather, along with Brandon Lake Kenlie, Brenda Lake, RaNae Asay, Porter Lake and Timber Lake are ready for this year’s Bear River Rendezvous, slated to begin Aug. 24. Courtesy photo

EVANSTON — The 25th anniversary Bear River Rendezvous, started and maintained year after year by the Bear River Mountain Men’s Association, will begin Aug. 24 at the Bear River State Park in Evanston.

Traders and campers can set up on Wednesday, Aug. 22, but will not be allowed to camp. Camping on the site at the state park will be allowed starting on Thursday evening.

The Bear River Rendezvous was started as a “stopover,” similar to what existed on the old trapper trails and routes, between one rendezvous and the next. In this case, the next is a week away in Fort Bridger.

This year, due to dry conditions in the area, fire restrictions are in place. Although they are not primitive items, propane stoves will be allowed.

For the first time in its history, the Bear River Rendezvous will have archery shoots as part of the program. The tomahawk throw, frying pan toss, rifle and pistol shoots — and “blanket” shoot — are also planned for the event.

According to Booshway Mike Bird, or Silver Bird, in a blanket shoot, a blanket is placed on the ground. Each entrant places a $5 to $10 prize on the blanket, which is then tossed in the air; winners get to keep the prize they receive.

There will be children’s games, as well, and the candy canon will be fired off during the daily festivities.

This year, the rendezvous is being held in honor of all the booshways, co-booshways and segundos who have served during the 25 years the rendezvous has taken place. The ‘End of the Trail’ medallions to be presented to the former leaders were designed by Bird and his son, Dakota. Former booshways, co-booshways, segundos and family members of those past leaders unable to attend are requested to gather at the rendezvous site at 5:30 p.m. the evening of Aug. 25 for a photo shoot.

The Country Kitchen will be open to the public for refreshments and meals, and Rocky Mountain Root Beer will have a booth with root beer and cream soda for purchase. Bottles purchased during this year’s Uinta County Fair will also be honored.

All those who enter any of the shooting events will earn a ‘shooting dangle.’

“I don’t have a favorite part. I like all of it; the shooting, the hawk throw, catching up with friends, all of it,” Bird told the Herald. “Also, the segundo for this year’s rendezvous is Samantha Miller, ‘Lil Moose.’ She is only the second woman inn25 years who may become booshway,”

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