Black Powder Rendezvous in Carlsborg in need of food vendors for pioneer-style event

By Arwyn Rice
Peninsula Daily News

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SEQUIM — Wanted: food vendors who can serve tasty victuals under early 19th-century conditions.

The Green River Mountain Men’s annual Black Powder Rendezvous, held on Labor Day weekend in a remote field south of Carlsborg, is an event that attracts thousands of visitors each year.

But there is no food or drinks for the hungry, thirsty visitors, said Vickie Shurr, a Rendezvous organizer.

So the group is seeking those willing to cook in primitive conditions.

The event is a re-enactment of an early Northwest fur trading station, where participants dress in furs, buckskins and aproned dresses; camp in canvas tents; and cook over open fires.

They take part in flintlock and caplock shooting contests, primitive archery, dutch oven cooking competitions, scrimshaw, music, storytelling and children’s activities.

A traders’ row of dusty merchant tents and blankets sells pioneer-style clothing and equipment for participants or souvenirs for a quickly growing number of visitors taking in the sights.

But not one of them is a food tent.

Shurr said they need at least two or three breakfast and lunch vendors.

Food for the event can be traditional 19th-century fare prepared and served in the spirit of the re-enactment or a modern food truck with hot dogs and soda, Shurr said.

“There is no power or water, so they must be self-contained,” she said.

During dry years there may be rules against open fires, and in 2013 participants were not able to cook in their traditional camps.

Interested vendors can email Shurr at


Reporter Arwyn Rice can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5070, or at

Last modified: February 17. 2014 9:49PM
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