Muzzle Loaders Rendezvous

Mar 19, 2013 12:35 PM

It's a weekend campout with a big twist. Action News Reporter Rick Carhart visited the Stony Creek Muzzle Loaders annual Rendezvous in Tehama County... and gives us a taste of what life was like 150 years ago.

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For 27 years, they've been coming out to the Tehama County foothills to revisit a bygone era.

Frank says, "just having fun, meeting friendly people."

Frank Amaral is president of the Stony Creek Muzzle Loaders, and he says with shooting, knife and tomahawk throwing, archery, and old time shopping and food, there's something for everyone, even the youngsters in the family.

Frank says, "I've started them shooting at 3, 4 years old."

Dellamae Moya and her extended family came from Westwood... all four generations of them.

Dellamae says, "we've been coming since 1981, and most of the rendezvous' we go to, my husband is 87 and I'm 81, and we're the oldest shooters."

This is definitely the old fashioned way of doing things: measuring the powder, packing the wad and ball, and placing the cap.

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And there are some real sharpshooters out here.

Frank says, "usually after 1 or 2 times out here, you're hooked."

It's a weekend of good, clean fun.

Dellamae says, "get outside, enjoy, and see how people lived years ago."

And if you aren't careful, you might learn a little American History.


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