All roads in Southeast Missouri will lead to the Greenville Recreation Area at Wappapello Lake on April 21 and 22, for the 40th Annual Old Greenville Black Powder Rendezvous. This event has become a family tradition and is the longest consecutive rendezvous in the state of Missouri. There will be something for all ages to do. Step back in time by checking out the traders, food, old-time children’s games, and primitive lodges. Watch or participate in the competitive activities such as black powder shooting, hawk and knife throwing, bow shooting and fire starting. Adult competitor entry fee for those in primitive attire is $10. For those competitors in modern dress it is $12. Youth competitor division ages 15 and under shoots for free with adult supervision. Open to all shooters. Event hours are 9 a.m. to dark on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 PM on Sunday. Admission is free to the public.
Due to the Greenville Campground being closed for rehabilitation, all activities except the shooting competition will take place in the day use area. This event is a partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Crowley’s Ridge Black Powder Club. For more information, contact the Wappapello Lake Management Office at (573) 222-8562, Crowley’s Ridge Black Powder Club President Melvin Boyers at (573) 300-9595 or Vice President Jason Bilbrey at (573) 714-2831.