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Cannons, muskets and more on tap in Duluth this weekend

Lester River Rendezvous runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

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Midge Johnson of Aitkin helps Macy Dearborn, 11, of Carlton flesh out a rabbit hide at the Lester River Rendezvous in 2018. The 23rd annual event kicks off from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Lester River Road and Superior Street.
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DULUTH — The Lester River Rendezvous is your entry into all things 1800s northern wilderness.

From 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, skilled reenactors will immerse visitors into tasks of early frontier settlers, such as blacksmithing and candle-making at Lester River Road and Superior Street.

The cost is free and open to all.

The 23rd annual event features more than 50-plus craft vendors, food trucks, a mobile petting zoo and a free kids fun zone with games and prizes.

Also, schools were invited to participate during Thursday and Friday’s educational program, where reenactors offer Northland students hands-on activities from a day in the life of a late 1700s and early 1800s fur trader. Among them: baking, bartering, tanning hides and hatchet throwing.


The rain date is Sept. 25.

For more info, visit lesterriverrendezvous.com or facebook.com/lesterriverrendezous, call 218-393-8006, or email lesterriverrendezous@gmail.com .

Melinda Lavine is an award-winning, multidisciplinary journalist with 16 years professional experience. She joined the Duluth News Tribune in 2014, and today, she writes about the heartbeat of our community: the people.

Melinda grew up in central North Dakota, a first-generation American and the daughter of a military dad.

She earned bachelors degrees in English and Communications from the University of North Dakota in 2006, and started her career at the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald that summer. She helped launch the Herald's features section, as the editor, before moving north to do the same at the DNT.

Contact her: 218-723-5346, mlavine@duluthnews.com.
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