The 27th Annual Big Island Rendezvous and Festival in Albert Lea, Minnesota on October 5-6 2013.
The event was declared one of the "Top 100 Festivals in North America for 2011" by the American Bus Association in Washington, DC.
Over 1,000 re-enactors from Canada and the United States create a 45 acre community that celebrates everything from 1670 to 1870 in early America. There will be woodland Indian camps as well as a NEW PIONEER TOWN with a chuck wagon, stagecoach, and hearses from the 1880's.
There is live round cannon fire three times each day by the New Ulm Battery witnessed by President Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln. Benjamin Franklin and his wife Deborah are also in attendance to spark a conversation with you as you walk through the 250 campsites overlooking Fountain Lake.
Blacksmiths, woodworkers, candlemakers, clothiers, silversmiths, potters and other merchants sell their wares during both days of the festival. You can shop while you listen to music by Greenwood Tree Irish Duo, Beg For Justice, and Wild Goose Roe Family Singers will be performing each day along with the Wild Goose Chase Cloggers.
Sustenance such as smoked bbq ribs, gyros sandwiches, pulled pork sandwiches, pork chops on a stick, kettle korn, and funnel cakes as well as Indian Tacos and fry bread are served from vendors adjacent to the performance stage.
Demonstrations of colonial crafts, Native American skills and pioneer skills are showcased throughout the festival so you can try your hand at rigid heddle weaving, spinning and spooncarving or watch a gunsmith create a work of art.