UPDATES

2017 annual meeting will be held on April 23 at Maasconi's Restaurant in Verndale, buffet meal at 12 noon, program beginning at 1 p.m. with Richard "Dick" Oehlenschlager speaking on "Flora and Fauna of Wadena County". A Wadena County native, he is an assistant curator at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul. (All members and guests welcome.)

2017 Old Wadena Rendezvous August 12 & 13, 2017 (Musicians: John Gorka and Michael Johnson are slated for the event!)

LAST YEARS FESTIVAL WAS A FANTASTIC SUCCESS! Click here to see the gallery!

See Gary and Dawn Timbs at this year's Old Wadena Festival
See Gary and Dawn Timbs this year
at the 2015 Old Wadena Festival!

Welcome to Old Wadena

The Old Wadena Society sponsors the annual Old Wadena Rendezvous and Folklife Festival every August in the Old Wadena Park as part of its mission to share information about the natural environment and history of this area of north-central Minnesota. The park is situated on the banks of the Crow Wing River, one of the best canoe rivers in Minnesota. The festival showcases two days of great acoustic music, storytelling for all, Anishinaabe dance and drum, Rendezvouers demonstrating 1840s skills and living coniditions, and artists and artisans displaying their work. In addition the Society carries out other educational and interpretive work about the environment and history of the region.

Our location

A map and directions to Old Wadena County Historic Park will help you get to the park. Its location on the Crow Wing River between the Crow Wing's confluence with the Partridge and the Leaf Rivers in north-central Minnesota was an important hunting and trapping area for Indians and later for the French. Today the park is the centerpiece to a string of parks with campsites along the Crow Wing River in Wadena County. The Park is north and west of Staples and north and east of the city of Wadena in Wadena County.