2022 Rendezvous Days Artisan, Craftsman, Traders, Military, & Buck Skinner Application

The Rendezvous dates are September 23, 24 & 25, 2022.
Friday, September 23 is School & Media Day

It is time to reserve your site at the 2022 Fort Atkinson Rendezvous. The Rendezvous will be run by the Friends of Fort Atkinson Rendezvous committee, volunteers from the Fort Atkinson community, with the assistance of Park Ranger Andy Roach.


The 2022 Rendezvous theme is “Sutler’s Store and Military Commissary”.

The Fort Atkinson Rendezvous is sponsored by the Friends of Fort Atkinson, City of Fort Atkinson, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources Parks Bureau and Preserves Board. The goal of this event is to provide a quality interpretive event portraying the 1840s Iowa frontier life. The site of this rendezvous is inside and around an actual military fort that was active in Iowa from 1840-1849.

School/Media Day is on Friday, Sept. 23. Most school groups begin arriving about 9:30 a.m. and are leaving around 2:00 p.m. Participation on this day is optional. NO camp setup on up Friday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm during school day due to safety concerns with students

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday we are open at no charge to the public. Saturday hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

We consider demonstrations of pioneer craft a very vital part of our event. Even though we do not provide stipends for participating, we do not charge a fee as we do to all other categories of participants. Artisans are allowed to sell, but we do ask that you have some project in progress that you work on intermittently during the event. You are most likely very aware how much the public appreciates watching someone demonstrate their craftsmanship.

Regarding Trade Blankets – Authenticity to the 1840’s time period is of prime importance. Trade Guidelines Please remember this is a Rendezvous. If not from the rendezvous era, please do not try to sell it. No items made of plastic or nylon. No plastic or modern priced stickers or dry erase boards. No funky colored items. (Moccasins, feathers, furs, etc.) No rubber band guns. No hematite zingers. No modern items. No collectable dolls. No flea market type items. (Ceramic figurines, or any figurines that depict unicorns, medieval, Far East etc. subjects, crystal balls, dyed rabbit feet, mandalas, and all other questionable flea market items) Maps, books and artwork MAY be sold if they are relevant to the fur trade. CD’s can be sold, just not openly displayed. Historic nylon flags may be sold, just not openly displayed. If you have items that are covered in plastic, please remove one as a display and have the rest out of view. Please be courteous and cooperative and follow these trade guidelines to help ensure a quality event. If you choose to participate in this event you are expected to adhere to these rules.

Each Vendor is required an Iowa Sales Tax Permit if you are selling merchandise. Please provide a copy with your registration form. The Department does not issue temporary tax permits. A permanent tax permit allows you to conduct taxable sales or perform taxable services in Iowa at any time during the year without having to obtain a new permit each year or for additional events.

Site registrations will be taken according to the first 100 COMPLETE PAID applications received. The enclosed map shows the revised camp site numbering, sizes, and locations. Please note that all Artisan/Craftsperson/Traders/Military/Buck skinners sites will be the same as in previous years if possible. If there is someone who you would like to camp next to, write it on the neighbor site line and we will TRY to get you as close as possible. Send completed PAID registration form with your $45 check or money order made out to Friends of Fort Atkinson. Deadline to SECURE your desired site is August 1st. In the event you need to cancel, notify us before September 1, so we can send you a refund.

Camp set up will be allowed after 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 21, as long as your site is reserved in advance.

NOTE: All firewood will be furnished. The DNR will NOT allow anyone to bring their own firewood to the Rendezvous because of the Emerald Ash Borer threat.

Reminder: If you have pets in camp, you MUST keep them on a leash and clean up after them.

A donation for the cooking contest would be appreciated??

Concerns and/or questions can be directed to the Friends of Fort Atkinson Co-chairpersons Paul Herold (evenings @563-380-2387) or Scott Sindelar 563-419-4803 or email fortatkinsoniowarendezvous@gmail.com or write the committee at the address listed below.


VEHICLES AND TRAILERS – No vehicles or trailers in camp from 8:00 pm Friday until Sunday afternoon at 3:30 pm. NO camp setup on up Friday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm during school day due to safety concerns with students.

Reminder: Saturday morning – Kids Fun Run (ages 5-10) at 8:00 am at starting at the front gate of the Fort. 5K Run starts at 8:30 am at the front gate of the Fort. Registration forms online at www.fortatkinsoniowa.com

Return registration to: Fort Atkinson Rendezvous Committee • P.O. Box 31 • Fort Atkinson, IA 52144 ***We are updating our database if you could provide your information below.


Posted: August 8, 2022 in News & Announcements, Rendezvous Days