Zumbro Bend Rendezvous steps back in time

MANTORVILLE -- Residents can get a glimpse of life as a fur trader in Southern Minnesota at the Zumbro Bend Rendezvous.

The annual event includes costumed re-enactors helping to bring alive Dodge County history between 1630 to 1840. Visitors can roam among the canvas tents along the Zumbro River and learn about the crafts, trade and occupational skills of people during the county's early years. They include candle makers, blacksmiths, gunsmiths and voyageurs. Visitors can also check out historical demonstrations and enjoy a "prairie dog" sausage wrapped in fry bread.

The rendezvous is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday at Riverside Park in Mantorville. The cost is $5 for an individual and $20 for a family.

For more information, call 634-7092 or visit the Dodge County Historical Society's Web site at

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