OFFICIAL FBRA DOG POLICY
Due to problems, which have arisen over the past few years, the FBRA is adopting the following policy concerning dogs on the Fort Bridger Rendezvous site.
- Wyoming law requires that all dogs must be on a leash no longer that 10 feet. Keep your dog under control at all times.
- Do not allow them to attack other dogs or humans.
- Clean up after your dog. This includes trash and food as well as feces.
- Keep your dog quiet. Do not allow them to bark, whine or howl for an unreasonable length of time.
Upon the first violation of any of these rules, the dog owner or responsible party will be given a documented warning and will be required to take care of any associated problem. This warning can be issued by any FBRA Official, State Park Employee or Law Enforcement Officer. The warning can be based on any incident, which is observed by or reported to any of these officials.
Upon the second violation, the dog owner or responsible party will be issued a citation or fined by the FBRA. (MINIMUM FINE $35.00) If this fails to resolve the problem, the violator may be escorted from the rendezvous site and denied future participation.
Individuals who wish to be authentically dressed should adhere to the following guidelines:
NOTE: Authentic Dress is required for campers in the Primitive Camp, and traders.
- All visible clothing must pre-date 1840. These items include:
- Hats & Bonnets
- Shirts & Blouses
- Jackets & Coats
- Wepons (all kinds)
- Women must be wearing period dresses, or a blouse and skirt.
- Prescription Glasses are acceptable. Sun glasses are not allowed.
Rendezvous Contest Rules
Egg cooking contest
This contest is for two-member team, one child and one adult in primitive dress.
There are two age groups. Child age: 11 and under & 12-16.
Things to bring to the contest:
1. FRYING PAN/MEANS OF FRYING EGG AND UTENCIL
2. KINDLING FOR FIRE
3. FIRE STARTING KIT, SELECT FROM THE FOLLOWING:
Bow and drill / Flint and steel / Magnifying glass
4. SMALL BUCKET OF WATER
5. POSITIVE ADDITUDE
6. A SMILE
7. EGGS WILL BE PROVIDED
Each team must perform the following:
• The child member of the team is to start the fire. Adult member may assist.
• Team together builds fire.
• Child to crack egg and put it the pan
• Egg must be cooked until all the egg white is white in color
• Adult eats the egg
• Fire extinguished by water from bucket.
• Adult shows smile to the Judges and crowd to prove egg was eaten.
This is a timed event. First team to finish is declared the winner. However this is also a skilled event and the team showing the most skill in degree of difficulty may be declared winner.
In the event the winning team show bad sportsmanship or cheat in any way they will be disqualified. The final decision comes from the Judges.
Mountain Man Storytelling Contest
This contest is for any adult in primitive dress who wishes to regale us with a story of pre-1840 nature.
Participants must sign up for this contest in registration by noon on Saturday, registration limited to the first
10 participants, 5 per night.
Participants are to be at the council fire at least 15 minutes before posted time of council fire.
Story telling will be done before the official council fire both nights while extra tickets are being sold for the raffles.
• Stories must be kept under 5 minutes; over 5 min will be disqualified.
• Winners will be determined by a combination of how much entrant is liked by the audience and judges.
• Winners will get bragging rights to be the Best Mountain Man Storyteller
• Winners may or may not receive a prize
Those interested in this contest need to register at registration at any time, but at least an hour before contest time listed in rendezvous guide.
The categories for the contest are as follows:
The time period for these categories is 1825 to 1840. Winners of these categories may receive a prize.
The pre 1825 (early fur trade) is a large part of this event. Participants in this category may or may not receive a prize. However the FBRA encourages participants to share their knowledge and skills at this event. The categories are as follows: Early fur trade Man, Women, boy and girl.
Those who register for the clothing contest will meet at the time and place listed in the rendezvous guide.
The participants in each category will be narrowed down to 3 places. The last 3 contestants will have a chance to talk about their clothing. Judges may also ask questions to determine winners.
If in the event there is only one participant in a category the category may be dropped from the contest.
The FBRA reserves the right to only award first place in any category and to award winners of this contest with what ever prize they see as appropriate.
Women’s Frying Pan Toss
This contest is open to any adult woman and adult man team in primitive dress
This contest will NOT BE FOR DISTANCE, BUT FOR ACCURACY!
BRING A MAN TO THROW THE FRYING PAN AT!!
• Each contestant will need a MAN to throw the frying pan at who will stand on his spot.
• Women must stand behind the line and not cross over it.
• The frying pan will be tossed/thrown AT the man with the intent of getting it as close to him as possible WITHOUT hitting him
• The man must stand in his spot and may not move his feet any until throw is measured. (he may use his hands to cover something vital from being hit as long as he stands still)
• Hitting the man disqualifies throw
• Pan must be gripped by the handle but may be tossed, thrown, slid, etc.
• The throw will be measured from the edge of the pan to the man’s foot.
• The woman will throw twice with the closest throw not hitting the man counting.
Age groups: 18-30; 30-40; 40-50; 50-60; 60-70+ Several women will throw at the same time.
The FBRA reserves the right to only award first place in any category, to award winners of this contest with whatever prize they see as appropriate, and to combine categories.
Dutch Oven Cooking Contest.
The sponsor shall provide the meat and fixings.
Judging rules as outlined by sponsor.
In addition the following rules apply:
1. ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST COOK USING OPEN FIRE OR NATURAL CHARCOAL.
2. ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST PREPARE, COOK AND SERVE IN PERIOD DRESS.
3. ALL COOKING MUST BE DONE IN PRIMITIVE VILLAGE.
4. NO ALUMINUM FOIL OR DUTCH OVEN LINERS ARE TO BE USED.
5. NO PROPANE TO BE USED FOR COOKING.
6. Served in a Dutch oven or period cookware.
Those participants who don’t play by the rules will be disqualified.
Kids Trader Blanket: Age: 12 and under.
Each child is to be in period dress to participate.
All children are encouraged to bring an item to trade with another child.
Trade items are to be period. (No plastic, boondoggle etc.)
Guidelines: Subject to change without notice.
The FBRA board member lays a blanket out on the ground and asks everyone who is under 12 who wants to trade come to the blanket.
Participants gather around the blanket to trade. Generally the kids put what they want to trade in front of them.
Parents need to be reminded that they need to stay back from the blanket and not coach their kids. If the child has a question the child leaves the blanket to ask the parent.
Note: Children do not see the same value of a trade item as an adult.
Parents just let the kids have fun!
The FBRA board member looks over the trade goods to assure everything is as close to period as possible. If there is some boondoggle or something that looks out of place the board member shows by example how a trade works. After this trade there should only be period items on the blanket before the kids begin to trade.
The kids all trade as many times as they want.
The FBRA board member may choose to give additional prize (medallion to each participants).
Note to Board Member: The board member should be prepared to trade with some small items to clear the non period items off the blanket.
If you have any questionable item, please contact the FBRA.
No Trade List Prohibited Items
Please remember this is a Mountain Man Era, 1825-1840 period event. Those representing an earlier period are considered guests of this rendezvous. This is not a Trade Show, Rock Show, Trade Festival, Cowboy, Civil War etc. event.
Animal parts and fur
- Claws and Teeth from any illegal animal
- fake fur or fake coonskin caps, No fur dyed bright colors
- Feathers- no unnatural bright colors, illegal birds of prey, etc
- Horns- exotic carved or raw horns that are not native to North America
- Taxidermy Animals
- Reconstituted antler, ivory and bone items
- Plastic or resin claws, elk teeth, talons, fingers, skulls
Australian Goods- Musical Instruments, cloths
Badges- Law enforcement, etc.
Beads and Bead Work- beadwork needs to be period correct
- African Bead Work- Jewelry, crosses, art, etc
- Doll necklaces, miniature beaded moccasins
- Fimo beads, Modern beads, Plastic Beads
- Imported finished Beadwork
Camp furnishing, cooking, bedding and personal items
- Candles- anything modern, scented, colored
- Enamel Ware is not period but is considered rendezvous acceptable no modern green or red
- Flags- no nylon, should be period correct and material correct.
- Incense and scented oils in modern containers
- Lanterns- Pakistan type (brass with etched glass)
- Plastic honey Sticks
- Mexican Blankets- pastel and fluorescent colors (old colors like the Rio Grande are o.k.)
- Modern cedar tourist boxes- discretionary item, no modern closures, snaps, synthetic material
- Pottery should be salt glazed with no modern art designs
- Quilts- no modern fabrics (discretionary item)
- Soaps-other than those found at that time
- Utensils- Cheap chrome items with or without antler handles (ice cream scoops, etc), stainless steel
- Wooden products that the screws can be seen-Philips, Chromium
- Bamboo bows, Cap Guns, Cork guns, Cross bows, Rubber Band Guns
- Hackie sac, Zingers
- Face painting
- Modern Noise Makers- Bamboo Flutes, train whistles
- Rubber Native American Items, Rubber insects or animals
- Wood broad swords- Swords for kids can only be 18 inches in length from end to end including the hilt.
Civil War Era Goods
- Antler Art- Chandeliers, candleholders, non-period carvings, exotic carved, etc
- Art Paintings- Anything Non-Period, open display of framed art, scenes painted on skulls, rocks, saw blades, buckskin.
- Bird Houses- decorated or painted, gourd, etc
- Ceramics-modern vases, cups, pots, masks, etc
- Dolls- Modern, porcelain, rubber, Kachina, plastic parts. Etc
- Mandellas, Dream Catchers- wall display
- Modern Masks
- Wind Chimes
Clothing and accessories- all clothing must be from period correct patterns and styles
- Artificial Sinew is accepted as a thread not a decoration.
- Belts- anything modern
- Belt Buckles- any modern design
- Bright or florescent colors
- Cigarette lighter covers
- Cowboy era goods-clothing, riveted jeans etc
- Elastic suspenders
- Fasteners- snaps, Velcro, zippers, etc
- Hats- non-period hatpins, tacks, fake fur hatbands
- Indian shirts in obvious ethnic patterns
- Mexican Blanket bags
- Modern design on enameled pins, hat tacks, etc
- Oval Conchos are from a later period than the Fur Trade-this one is a judgment call. If they are handmade and nice looking; no cheap looking stamp style.
- Parasols- no florescent colors
- Rayon – not patented until the 1880’s
- Safety pins
- No sewing machines
Food items- only dry goods are acceptable- beans, rice, tea, sugar, ect.
Guns, knives and shooting-
Knives will not be sold to anyone less than 16 years of age unless accompanied by an adult.
- Knives- non-period folding, fishing knives, Stainless Steel, and modern type boot knives
- Pakistan type knife with unnatural handles, Malaysian style kriss knives (wavy blades)
- plastic handles, snap sheathes,
- Non-period revolvers (cap lock rifles are o.k.)
- Steel or Wood broad swords
Hangers- modern, wire
Jewelry- Must be period correct style, design and materials.
- All modern jewelry-rings, necklaces, earrings are unacceptable
- Beaded earrings were never made by Indians during the Fur Trade Era or even Reservation Era. They are modem Pow-Wow Jewelry. They are sometimes considered rendezvous acceptable if they are not made with modern colors, styles of beads and patterns- animal
- Copper Bracelets or other jewelry stamped with tipi or thunderbirds, etc
- Crystal Ball necklaces and earrings, (claw, hand, wizard, etc), Modern Metal pendants
- Dream Catchers- earrings, necklaces, etc.
- Fimo Beads, Glass pendant- any
- Key chains- any, Modern Money Clips
- Turquoise and Coral Jewelry-modem cut or production typ.
- Stones- Polished stone jewelry, modern cut stones, onyx jewelry,
- Hematite, Magnetized hematite jewelry
Magazines, Books and Audio Tapes
- Openly displayed (period books or books portraying the time period are o.k.)
- Non period or historic related books, magazines
Nylon Rope- or products made from it
Novelty Items- we are not a novelty store
- Road Kill items- joke items, Rubber animals that jump out of a box, rattle snakes eggs.
- Fish Assholes and Fart Spoons, Horse Shoe puzzles etc, (fish assholes are spaghetti O’s relabeled.) God’s Eyes
Plastic- NO PLASTIC ANYTHING
- beads bags, claws, elk teeth, talons, fingers, skulls, hatbands, charms, canteens, buttons, harmonicas, hairpipe, etc,
Phillips Head Screws- OK if not visible
Photo Booths- non-period
- Ballpoint pens
- Colored pencils
- Metal Pencil Sharpeners
Welded Items- unless you can grind out visible welds
This is a list of items we do not wish to see at rendezvous. It is not all-inclusive. Some items will be judged on a case-by-case basis. If you have documentation supporting something you want to have that is on this list or is questionable bring it with you.
I have read the FBRA Trade List, Rules and Regulations, and the Trader Contract. I agree to cooperate and abide by all rules.