Rendezvous returns this weekend in Rocher

After several cancellations and reschedules over the past two years, the Rendezvous is finally set to take place again at Fort de Chartres this weekend.

In 2019, the annual event was canceled due to spring flooding and high amounts of rain. Then in 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the date for the event was pushed back from June to September, then to June of this year and then ultimately to this September.

This weekend, Sept. 11-12, Les Amis du Fort de Chartres and Les Coureurs des Bois de Fort de Chartres will be recognizing the 300th anniversary of the historic Fort de Chartres and 50 years of the Annual Rendezvous at Fort de Chartres during the Fort’s 51st Annual Rendezvous.

The boom of cannons, the smell of campfires and a parade of colorful uniforms will transport visitors back to the 1700s at the annual Rendezvous, the largest gathering of its kind anywhere in the Midwest, which attracts many thousands to the site during the two day special event.

For more on the Rendezvous, please see this week’s print edition.