Fort Washita has opened the gates for the annual Fort Washita Rendezvous. Gates opened Wednesday April 3 and will close on the event on the evening of Sunday April 7.
The Rendezvous is an educational reenactment of trade days in the 1820s through 1840s. Guests will see temporary and permanent housing structures from the period.
They will also see demonstrations of life in that era including trapping, cooking and blacksmithing. Several other skills needed for the time will also be displayed.
Guests can also purchase items from the era as well as the popular root beer sold at the event.
School days are today, Thursday April 4 and Friday April 5. Schools are invited to bring children to learn about the trade days of the time.
The mountain man competition will be held Friday afternoon. Interested parties will test their survival skills and knowledge by completing tasks often performed in the era such as fire starting and bullet molding.
Admission costs $5 at the gate. For more information about the event contact the fort at (580) 924-6502.