Schedule

Saturday August 10th

  • 9:30 am Jake Kaehne
  • 11:00 am Curtis and Loretta
  • 12: 00 Jake Kaehne
  • 1:00 pm Boots and Needles
  • 3:00 pm Jake Kaehne

Sunday August 11th

  • 9:30 am Jake Kaehne
  • 11:00 am Curtis and Loretta
  • 12:00pm Jake Kahne
  • 2:00 pm Trad and True
  • 3:00 pm Jake Kaehne

Artisan Demonstrations – Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Wheel thrown pottery- Lowell Bayerkohler
  • Build a birdhouse- Jon and Darlys Hamberg
  • Making Bread- Julie Mulek
  • Face/hand painting- Beth Kern
  • Bees and honey- Dan Kern
  • Blacksmithing- Mike Hoffman
  • Geology and ecology of Old Wadena- Dick Oehlenschlager
  • Leathersmith- Cliff Fegert
  • Lacemaker- Gail Johnson

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.