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Mountain Men enjoy rendezvous

By submitted/ photos by Matt and Ginny Edlefsen, 03/23/21 1:41 PM

PRESCOTT – The Early Arkansaw Reenactors Association (EARA), a group of people from the Little Rock/Benton area, donated 2,153 volunteer hours in 2020, more than 250 hours in machinery operation and over $4,500 in monetary donations to help improve road access, including building the “Southwestern Bridge” that was completed in October of 2020.  Shortly after the purchase of the property in 2018 all bridges and culverts were washed out by a flood. Thanks to the volunteers, this was the first time since the Prairie D’Ane property was purchased that the property could be accessed by vehicle to the far end. The Rendezvous was held 1 ¼ miles inside the property.
The Rendezvous had close to 300 people attending including 30 trade vendors with unique handmade items and even wooden toys for the kids.  Many classes were held throughout the event to include making farmers cheese over an open fire, making oak gall ink and cutting your own quill pen and cast iron cooking contest held daily.  There were black powder gun competitions, archery and tomahawk and knife throwing events daily with fire starting competitions for children and adults.  There were 160 canvas tents of all shapes and sizes set up for the event with 18 different states represented. On the three days the Rendezvous was open to the public there was an estimated 150 local visitors.
People who attended were pleased with the Prairie and said they would like to return.  The reenactors visited local businesses throughout their two-week stay which was felt to have been a benefit to the local economy.  It is hoped by the Depot Museum that this property can continue to be used for many such events in the future to help develop tourism in Southwest Arkansas.