Getting Ready for the Big Island Rendezvous

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(ABC 6 NEWS) – One of Albert Lea’s biggest events is back this year, The Big Island Rendezvous.

Around 12,000 people are expected to attend this event which takes you back in time to an 1800s fur trading camp.

Thursday and Friday are education days for students.

Students can learn all types of history at the event.

There’s fabric painting, pottery, gold panning, a blacksmith, and more!

“The kids have a great time here. Most of them have awesome questions. Come out to Big Island and See what they used to do hundreds of years ago. You can still do this yourselves, ask questions and we’ll show you how to do it,” Brian Johnson, a blacksmith at the event said.

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The event has been a staple event in Albert Lea for 35 years.

It’s one of the Midwest’s largest historical reenactments of early America.

“We hope you can all come out, if not, I guess you’ll have to hear this from your friends,” Bruce Langseth, assistant director for the Big Island Rendezvous said.

The event opens to the public at 9 a.m. on Saturday and runs through 4 p.m. Sunday.