We started thinking about Bear Lake as a great place to re-create a mountain man rendezvous. After all, the Bear Lake Valley is the place two of the twenty mountain man rendezvous’s actually occurred (1827-28). In late August, the area is beautiful and full of fun seeking, enthusiastic visitors.
We, as a group, are fast approaching a crossroads in our planning, implementing and executing a successful 2013 Bear Lake Rendezvous. (BLR)
Here is a quick overview.
Things we have:
- We found a landowner who appreciates the historical and educational elements a rendezvous re-creation would offer as well as celebrating the heritage of the area. He is willing to let us use his land accepting all the wear and tear that comes with holding an event concluding the sacrifice is worth it.
- We have Kash Johnson, a dedicated mountain man historian with 14 years experience in managing mountain man rendezvous re-creations. His only interest is to share his passion with those willing and interested to learn about the mountain man era.
- We have the support of the local community who are anxious to see a rendezvous event and embracing the idea.
- We have local and state media anxious to cover the event because it is in UTAH.
- We have a tourist based recreational area with over 15,000 people in the area playing and having fun on the scheduled weekend. It is a very focused local market with lots of people with a lot of money looking for things to do. Translation: Traders have a lot of potential customers ready to spend.
- Meetings with the landowner, county commissioners, Laketown town council
- Incorporated as Bear Lake Rendezvous Inc.
- Applied for and received non-profit status
- Fire Barrels
- Land owner agreement
- Site layout
- Website www.bearlakerendezvous.com
- Facebook page
- Logo created
- County permit
- Hooters purchased and refurbished
- Bank Account
- Alliances formed with The National Oregon California Trail Center, The American West Heritage Center and Bear River Heritage Area.
Port a pots $2000
Dump fees $500
Gate management $500
Office supplies $200
P.O. Box $45
State registration $15
Land lease $300
Web page $100
Unexpected/emergency funds $1000
Now, full disclosure. We have the money to proceed. So this is not a plea for money.
We have most of the ingredients necessary to cook up a great event. But we have to have the participation of traders and campers to attract a visitor market. As of now we have 11 traders registered. The area will support as many as we want. We need to have 35 traders/campers signed up and committed to attend to provide a marketable product to the visitors.
If we do not have 35 traders/campers signed up/committed by June 20th we will cancel the 2013 BLR and make plans for the 2014 BLR. All paid registrations will be 100 % refunded.
If we do cancel 2013 we would be interested to find out why there was not enough interest with the traders/campers. Bad dates? Too close to Bridger Rendezvous? Too hot? Think people will not attend? Bad Location?Your input will help us move forward and make changes as necessary for 2014.
Understandably, there is apprehension about a new event. Our number one goal was to produce a quality event for the participants as well as the visitors. We will pursue this goal and refuse to offer a “bad” event that will denigrate the future of the Bear Lake Rendezvous.
Also, receiving non-profit status will allow us to attract corporate sponsors who will be willing to contribute to the success of the future rendezvous. We can get into budgets for 2014 and the donation is then tax-deductible.
So anyway, thanks for reading through. It’s up to you. If you have registered, thank you. Please talk to all those that may not have heard. Pass on the info to friends and family. We are excited to proceed, if not this summer, next summer. We can make this a rendezvous to be proud of.
Thanks BLR INC.