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Pre-1840 frontier life comes to Okmulgee for rendezvous

OKMULGEE  If you are interested in life on the frontier before 1840, Dripping Springs Park is the place to be today through Saturday.

The park will be the site for a modern rendezvous, a re-creation of the gatherings at which fur traders kicked up their heels.

"The City of Okmulgee owns the park now," said Lois Kitchen, co-coordinator of the event. "It used to be a state park, but when budget cuts occurred, the state sold it to the City of Okmulgee. We have a great time and hope people will come out and see the life of the fur traders, trappers and mountain men."

The rendezvous begins at 8 a.m. each day and lasts until 4 p.m. Admission is $1 for 18 and up and free for those 17 and younger. There will be demonstrations of all kinds, including beading, blacksmithing, Dutch oven cooking, black powder shooting, tomahawk and knife throwing, primitive archery and fire-making, to name a few. 

"We had 49 camps set up last year, and we anticipate more this year," said Jeremy Kitchen, co-coordinator of the event. "There are two or three people to each camp, so we had a good turnout last year and hope that there are more who enjoy the event this year."

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