Saddle up your horses and head to the seventh annual Salamonie Riders Rendezvous, September 14-16. All activities will be in Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area, Horseman's Campground, Loop A.
Friday evening kicks off at 7:30 p.m. with cowboy coffee and Dutch oven cobbler. Saturday morning begins with a 10 a.m. presentation on the equine sport of mounted orienteering. Participants can then practice their new skills at 1 p.m. on an orienteering course.
Visitors can enjoy a home-cooked meal at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Registration for the meal is required by September 8 by calling (260) 468-2127. Diners should bring their own table service. After the meal entertainment comes a campfire chat with Joe Krom, author of "Heart of a Warrior." Krom will speak about the early history of the Salamonie area and William Wells (aka Wild Carrot), who was raised by the Miami tribe in Indiana after being taken captive as a boy.
Sunday morning starts with cowboy church. Attendees should wear boots, spurs and hats to this non-denominational worship service. A used-tack flea market will open Sunday at 10 a.m. Table space will be available for $5 to sell tack and other horse-related items. All table rental proceeds go to the Friends of Upper Wabash Interpretive Services group, which is sponsoring the event.
Camping reservations may be made at camp.IN.gov or (866) 622-6746. There is $2 per-person fee for the weekend of events. The standard entrance fee of $5 per in-state vehicle or $7 per out-of-state vehicle also applies.
For more information, visit dnr.IN.gov/uwis or Facebook.com/UpperWabash.
Salamonie Lake is at 9214 West-Lost Bridge West, Andrews, 46702.