A mountain man rendezvous highlights the fifth annual Spring Rendezvous, which helps kick off a new season at Fort Buenaventura State Park.
Located at 2450 "A" Ave. in Ogden, the park officially opened March 30 and will remain open daily through November from 8 a.m. to dark.The Spring Rendezvous starts Friday, April 12, and runs through Sunday, April 14.
Mountain men will participate in shooting competitions, canoe races, tomahawk throws and a mountain-man run, said Steve Fielding, park superintendent.
Ladies can participate in a frying-pan toss, while children's activities include collecting treats shot 150 feet into the air from a "candy mortar" - a short cannon barrel filled with candy. The mortar will be shot off three or four times a day.
The fee to attend a day at the rendezvous is $3 per private motor vehicle. Other fees include a $10 camping fee for the three-day event, a $10 participation fee for shooting events, and a $10 fee for the trading of pre-1840 goods.
Fort Buenaventura was originally established by Miles Goodyear in the early 1840s and was the first permanent white settlement in the Great Basin. Fort Buenaventura State Park includes stockade and cabin replicas on the original site, along with modern restrooms and parking facilities.
In conjunction with the event, the Utah Archeological Society will hold a Native American Day on April 13 at Union Station in Ogden.
For more information about the park, call 621-4808.