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General event information:
Saturday & Sunday, June 1 & June 2, 2019
The 49th Annual Fort de Chartres June Rendezvous
Saturday, June 1, 10 AM-5 PM
Sunday, June 2, 10 AM-5 PM
Shooting competitions, military drills, dancing, music, food, and traders of eighteenth-century-style goods.
The boom of cannons, the smell of campfires and a parade of colorful uniforms will transport visitors back to the 1700s on June 1 and 2 at Fort de Chartres State Historic Site’s annual Rendezvous, the largest gathering of its kind anywhere in the Midwest, attracting many thousands to the site during this 2 day special event.
The Rendezvous features 1700s military units, traditional craft demonstrations, period music and dancing, black powder shooting events and cannon firings – all from the time when France controlled what is now Illinois. Visitors can try their hand at throwing a tomahawk, buy hand-made crafts, learn about French kitchen gardens, and watch swordsmen duel, taste delicious food and much more. This event is hosted by Les Coureurs des Bois de Fort de Chartres and sponsored by Les Amis du Fort de Chartres and by Les Coureurs des Bois de Fort de Chartres, with additional site support from the Illinois Historic Preservation Division of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
The event is open and free to general public with special event parking for this event just $5 a car. Donations welcomed.
2019 Participant information and rules coming soon!
From November, 2018-
On behalf of the Rendezvous Planning Committee, Les Amis du Fort de Chartres and Les Coureurs de Bois de Fort de Chartres; we would like to extend our THANKS to all who made the 48th Annual Fort de Chartres Rendezvous a success! THANK YOU to all the volunteers who spent countless hours planning, organizing and managing the event; you are all the backbone of all the events held at Fort de Chartres! THANK YOU to our event sponsors for the monetary support desperately needed to keep the event going! THANK YOU to our loyal demonstrators, entertainers, participants and vendors for helping teach the history of our area in an entertaining and fun manner! THANK YOU to the many visitors, who share the same passion about history as we do, for coming to the event and helping keep history alive for our future generations! We are very passionate about Fort de Chartres and the events that take place at the site! We are truly grateful/humbled to have all the support/backing by all the above to make these events happen and we are looking forward to the next one!-Jason Duensing
Thank you for the following 2018 sponsors:
New! Les Amis du Fort de Chartres 2018 Corporate Giving Campaign Sponsors
$1000 Gold Level – Buena Vista National Bank, with Branches in Red Bud, Evansville, Chester, & Prairie du Rocher
$500 Silver Level-Gilster-Mary Lee
$250 Bronze Level -First National Bank of Steeleville
Harrisonville Telephone Company (HTC)
Red Bud Masonic Lodge 427
The Material Works LTD.
Walmart # 328 Waterloo Community Grant
$100 Copper Level-American Long Rifle Association
Lisa’s Market Street Grille
Parson John Living History Inc.
Red Bud Industries, Inc.
Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center
Weir Chevrolet Buick GMC
$50 or under Pewter Level-Smoke & Fire
Ron White/Total Eclipse
Les Amis du Fort de Chartres 2018 Special Events Giving Campaign Individual Sponsors
Karyn & Herman Albers
Les Coureurs des Bois de Fort de Chartres and Les Amis du Fort de Chartres 48th June Rendezvous at Fort de Chartres Sponsors
Les Coureurs des Bois and Les Amis would like to thank the following businesses for their sponsorship of the 48th Annual Rendezvous at Fort de Chartres. Please let these businesses know that we appreciate their support of the event and the surrounding communities that benefit from the event!
$500 Gold Level-Fort de Chartres French Marines
$250 Silver Level-Ken & Jena Oakley-Kopriva, Red Bud VFW Post 6632
$100 Copper–Griggs Advertising, J & J Septic & Sewer Cleaning LLC, Mississippi Lime Company, Pioneer Seed Rohlfing Farms, Reid’s Harvest House, Reliable Sanitation, Rotary Club of Red Bud, Ted Sheldon-Sheldon Pewter
$50 Pewter-Robert & Kim Barber, Howell Financial Services, Mohr Softwater-Red Bud P.H.C.E. Contrs INC, Myers Korner Market, Ray Ray’s Salon, Stonetree Fabrications, Waterloo Animal Hospital, IGA-Red Bud
$25 Iron Level-HB Russell Truck Service, Jeff Kerkhover
A preview of what the Annual June Rendezvous at Fort de Chartres has to offer!
There are a lot of special events at Fort de Chartres, but the Rendezvous held in June has always been the most popular. For 48 years now thousands of visitors and hundreds of participants have made the Rendezvous one of the biggest and best historic reenactments in the Midwest. ‘Course if you ask one of the participants they’ll tell you it IS the Biggest and it IS the Best anywhere, some call it “The Grand Daddy of them all!” We’ll let you decide.
Visitors strolling through the fort will find artisan and craft demonstrations that include pottery, blacksmithing, metal-working in silver and pewter, felt-making, silk ribbon embroidery, weaving and woodworking. Many items will be for sale. Music pops up throughout the weekend with performances from fife-and-drum troops, string bands, folk duos, and more.
The River Gate Food Court will feature a variety of period food, drink and musical entertainment under a large tent.
The Rendezvous features 1700’s military units, traditional craft demonstrations, period music and dancing, black powder shooting events and cannon firings all from the time when France controlled what is now Illinois. Visitors can try their hand at throwing a tomahawk, buy hand-made crafts, learn about French kitchen gardens, watch swordsmen duel, taste delicious food, and much more.
Opening ceremonies occur both days at 10 AM followed by event activities, ending with a retreat ceremony at 5 PM. A dance for all participants and visitors will be held Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. inside the Fort.
The Fort de Chartres 48th Annual June Rendezvous is made possible through the dedication of the Fort’s many volunteers and support organizations. This annual event is presented by Les Coureurs des Bois de Fort de Chartres and sponsored by Les Amis du Fort de Chartres, with additional event site support by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
While you’re at the Rendezvous make sure you stop by and talk to the folks from Les Amis and Les Coureurs des Bois and check out the Rendezvous T-Shirts they have for sale. You can show off to your friends that don’t have one and help to Fund the Rendezvous! All proceeds from the T-Shirt sales stay right here at Fort de Chartres to help finance the special events!
And If you would like an opportunity to donate directly to support the 48th Annual June Rendezvous, a donation link is listed below.
Please donate now to help us present this annual landmark event, we could really use your support! All funds raised through the following donation link are used to present the 48th Annual June Rendezvous at Fort de Chartres ONLY-thank you for support of this historic event. DONATE HERE!
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