The Midwest Rendezvous on the Grand Valley Cap ‘n’ Baller’s club grounds near Hopkins, during which campers live like it’s the 1800s. The Midwest Rendezvous on the Grand Valley Cap ‘n’ Baller’s club grounds near Hopkins, during which campers live like it’s the 1800s. The Midwest Rendezvous on the Grand Valley Cap ‘n’ Baller’s club grounds near Hopkins, during which campers live like it’s the 1800s. The Midwest Rendezvous on the Grand Valley Cap ‘n’ Baller’s club grounds near Hopkins, during which campers live like it’s the 1800s. Terry Avery (left), Kevin Barnes and Garth Butler barter for goods during The Midwest Rendezvous on the Grand Valley Cap ‘n’ Baller’s club grounds near Hopkins, during which campers live like it’s the 1800s. The Midwest Rendezvous on the Grand Valley Cap ‘n’ Baller’s club grounds near Hopkins, during which campers live like it’s the 1800s.

1800s era comes alive near Hopkins

By: 
Ryan Shek, Intern

Dennis Priddy fastened a small block of wood to his son’s 18th century rifle with electric tape so his 13-year-old granddaughter Morgan could comfortably aim it. She took the rifle, with its improvised stock, and outshot all the boys in an offhand shooting competition. There was the matter of the electric tape — it’s not pre-1840 material.

But what camper at the Midwest Rendezvous was going to hassle the Segundo’s granddaughter?

The event made its first ever trip to the Lower Peninsula, June 21-28, with participants setting up their primitive camps in the Grand Valley Cap ‘n’ Baller’s club grounds near Hopkins.

Priddy, a board member of the Cap ‘n’ Ballers and the camp’s Segundo—the term for elected second-in-command—said the grounds were an ideal spot given the week’s rainy weather.

“Look at this dirt,” Priddy said, pointing at a road winding through the woods. “Not a single puddle.”

The rendezvous is an annual public event that travels throughout the Midwest. Campers, or “vousers,” adhere to strict pre-1840 dress codes and try their best to live out history. They sleep in teepees and lodges, barter for hides at trading posts and tell stories under the stars.
 

For full story, pick up a copy of the July 3 issue of The Allegan County News or subscribe to the e-edition.

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