Southwestern Regional Rendezvous Recreates Fur Trade Era

Hundreds of people are gathered in Nocona to participate in a recreation of the Fur Trade Era.

The re-enactment has been going on all week and this weekend you can experience the time warp for yourself.

"Our goal is to walk into camp and look like we're walking out of the 1820's. So, we try to re-enact that as close as we can," Danny Holcomb said.

Holcomb is on the board of directors for the event.

Historical recreationists have set up camp to live as their forefathers did, from clothes made out of skins to hand crafted items.

"What the mountain men experienced, what they went through, their lifestyle, their sports. We love to shoot, throw tomahawks and knives and shoot bow and arrows. Everything we do is primitive," Holcomb said.

The Southwest Regional Rendezvous is a 30 year tradition and something participants are extremely passionate about.

"My wife says I was born 150 years too late. I love this time period. I'd love to live in the Rockies and experience what they experienced and I think most of the people out here feel the same way," Holcomb said.

The event is open to the public on the weekends in hopes visitors can get a taste of what life was like before cars, planes and telephones.

"A knowledge of our past. Why we're here. What people sacrificed in order for us to have what we have today," Holcomb said.

Organizers said they expect up to 1,200 people to come through the event this year.

"This is a sport. It's like any other sport. If you don't encourage it, you don't promote it, it doesn't grow and so we're hoping to do that. So, everybody who wants to know a little bit about the way they used to live 150 years ago, come on out and joins us," Holcomb said.

At the Southwestern Regional Rendezvous there will be daily competitions and seminars.

It is taking place east of Nocona on the Hooser Highway, FM 1956.

The public is welcome Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.