PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. (KWWL) – Organizers of the Rendezvous Festival were forced to cancel the event this year due to heavy flooding on its regular event site.
The Rendezvous Festival allows guests to travel back in time and experience life in the nineteenth century. Campers, vendors and dozens of activities fill St. Feriole Island Park. It is estimated that 5,000 to 10,000 people attend the event every year.
Julie Rosauer, Treasure of the Rendezvous Club, said that the event brings the local communities together.
“Going to Rendezvous for the week is like going home,” said Rosauer. “Like walking through all of the campgrounds and seeing everybody and knowing everybody. It’s like one big family reunion.”
However, heavy rainfall and river flooding washed out any chance of hosting the event at that venue this year. Locals said that the island has remained flooded for 80-days straight.
Joe Finney, President of the Rendezvous Club, said that he couldn’t risks guest getting injured or sick because of the standing water.
“I just feel like I can’t have anybody in this stuff,” said Kinney. “That’s why I said that I don’t want my family in it. So I don’t want anybody else’s.”
Many local businesses depend on the Rendezvous to bring tourists into the area.
“The hotels love it and the grocery stores because we can tell them the different places to go around here,” said Rosauer. “I don’t there is a motel room that is open when Rendezvous goes on.”
Many different people reached out to the Rendezvous and offer their spaces to host the event. However, the organization decided that it was better if the event were to remain cancelled for this year.