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June 5, 2014

Rendezvous with the 1700s at Fort de Chartres

The boom of cannons, the smell of campfires and a parade of colorful uniforms will transport visitors back to the 1700s on Saturday and Sunday at Fort de Chartres State Historic Site's annual Rendezvous.

Admission to the 44th Rendezvous is free. Parking is just $5 a car.

The Rendezvous features 1700s military units, traditional craft demonstrations, period music and dancing, black powder shooting events and cannon firings -- all from the time France controlled what is now Illinois.

Visitors can throw a tomahawk, buy handmade craft items, learn about French kitchen gardens and watch swordsmen duel.

New to the Rendezvous this year: Performers who engage visitors in period games, music and puppetry.

A dance for participants and visitors is from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the fort.

Some of the events taking place both days:

10 a.m. Opening ceremony and posting of colors

10 a.m.-noon Archery competitions

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Shooting competitions

Noon-2:30 p.m. Knife and tomahawk throwing demonstrations

3:30 p.m. 18th century fashion show

4:15 p.m. Courtroom drama at a 1725 slander trial

5 p.m. Retreat ceremony

There will be hourly cannon demonstrations both days. Fife and drum corps, string bands and fold duos will provide music.

The River Gate Food Court will feature a variety of period food, drink and musical entertainment under a large tent.

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