People who venture to Heffley Creek this weekend shouldn't be surprised if they bump into someone who looks like Davy Crockett carrying a musket.
No, this isn't a time warp back to the fur trade. Well, not in a sci-fi sense.
But the dozens of gun and history buffs camped out at the Heffley Creek Gun Club range for 10 days starting Friday will do their best to return to the fur trade of the 17th and 18th century.
"You have to be here to experience it," organizer Jennifer Wright said Thursday. "Everybody dresses up like the fur traders. The leather pants, the cotton shirt and the big skunk hat."
Not only do they dress the era, they live it, too, at least for the most part. Wright said there are two camps — one where modern amenities are allowed, another where participants are expected to live in the past 24/7.
Coolers and propane stoves are allowed in the primitive camp, but they can only be visible while cooking. People caught with anything contemporary at any other time are fined, with the money donated to a children's charity.
"We're pretty picky in primitive," said Wright. "If you came to visit me in primitive and I offered you a beer, I wouldn't offer it to you in a can or bottle, I'd be pouring it into a cup."
A number of activities from the era will pass the time. There are ladies' teas for the fairer sex and archery shoots for children. Gun enthusiasts will partake in competitions using old black powder muskets.
"We're not a re-enactment because we don't re-enact an event. We don't take on personas. We just live the life," she said.
Wright inherited her interest in the period from her dad, Jim Wright, who previously organized Rendezvous events.
For more information, visit bcrendezvous.com. The gun club range is located at 7385 Sullivan Valley Rd.