2016 Old Wadena Rendezvous and Folklife Festival


The annual meeting of Old Wadena Society will take place Sunday, April 10, at the BullsEye Restaurant in Verndale. A special buffet dinner will be available at noon followed by the program and meeting at 1:00 p.m. Program speaker is Clarence Horsager, Wadena County area historian presenting "A Piece of History".

Mr Horsager, a University of Minnesota graduate, has been active for decades in researching and preserving the history of the area. He is a former president of the Verndale Historical Society, the old Wadena County Wheat Trail runs through his farm, and he continues to give museum and history tours of the area.

Election of Old Wadena Society board members will follow the program.

The 26th annual Old Wadena Rendezvous and Folk Life Festival will be held August 13-14, 2016 at Old Wadena Park, five miles north west of Staples.


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.