Re-enactors demonstrate pioneer skills in fall festival

Free event in Jackson County open to public

August 21, 2014 

The Kansas City region’s fur trading and pioneer past will be celebrated at the second annual Fall Rendezvous this weekend.

The Missouri Department of Conservation in partnership with the Missouri Off Hand Association is sponsoring the event Aug. 23 and 24 at the Lake City Shooting Range in northeast Jackson County.

The public is invited to watch shooters in authentic 1800s clothing and gear re-create scenes from pioneer life.

Fur trappers and traders were active in western Missouri in the late 1700s and early 1800s, and Native Americans traded furs, hides and game for guns and goods.

The rendezvous at the Lake City Shooting Range, 28505 E. Truman Road, will re-create the era with special shoots for muzzle-loading firearms, tomahawk and knife throwing, blacksmithing and youth activities. Other youth activities will be held at the event hourly and starting at 10 a.m. an hourly firing of the candy cannon.

The event is free.

Re-enactors and black powder enthusiasts are welcome.

Families are welcome to try out archery and BB gun shooting. Also, black powder rifles and shotguns will be available to visitors to shoot, said Steve Elliott, Lake City range supervisor.

“Some of our participants will be available to give instruction about black powder guns and then assist people if they would like to try out shooting one,” Elliott said.

The rendezvous hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 23 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 24. Black powder shoots will utilize the Lake City trap and skeet range as well as the rifle range. The range will also maintain its normal weekend shooting hours for general public use for all firearms from noon to 6 p.m., and normal range fees will apply for general use.

For more information about the rendezvous call 816-249-3194. Information about all MDC education and shooting programs is available at

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