After many weeks of study, the fourth grade culminated their Western History unit with an outdoor mountain rendezvous. Students wore period costumes and participated in various stations representing activities of the time. Some of the projects included panning for gold, leather tooling, tin punching, and boondoggle. Old fashioned games like potato sack races, hoop balancing, horseshoes, arm wrestling, and watermelon seed spitting were fun competitions for the children. During the unit, students earned beaver pelts which they used to trade for fun items at the Trading Post. Dutch oven cooking was demonstrated and sampled, and a “real” mountain man visited the rendezvous to share interesting facts about this important time in our nation’s history. This was an event that will be long remembered by our fourth graders. Thanks to all our volunteers for making this wonderful experience possible.