Thousands Come Out For 13Th Annual Lester River Rendezvous Festival

By KBJR News 1

September 24, 2011 Updated Sep 24, 2011 at 6:52 PM CDT

Duluth, MN - (The Northland's News Center) - Thousands of people from all over Minnesota took to Duluth's Lester Park today for the 13Th Annual Lester River Rendezvous festival.

It's a celebration that draws in thousands of people every fall.

"Every year I wait for this day, I like it very much," says the Rendezvous Festival Coordinator, Don Mendoza.

The annual event has been drawing in people from all over since 1998...and is showing no signs of slowing down.

"It's a great feeling, a good family outing and we hope to continue to always do that again and repeat it every year," Mendoza said.

The festival made a new record this year, bringing in 77 vendors from all over the state...with arts and crafts and of course...food.

"The food is excellent! Whatever I am eating anyway is excellent," says Festival goer, Sally Wagner.

Art demonstrations were given as vendors lined the park with their booths...giving festival goers a plethora of crafts to choose from.

"We've only been up and down one isle and then we got hungry, but yes, I've already purchased two things and I'd like to go back for a third and I've only done one isle," Wagner said.

To make getting to the festival more convenient and less stressful, a shuttle service was offered free of charge.

"Very good idea! It's free and it goes very often, I think 20 minutes or half an hour, so it's a really good way to get here," Wagner says.

Congressman Chip Cravaack stopped by his booth at the festival to hear the thoughts and concerns of his constituents.

Cravaack says hearing the 8Th Districts voice is imperative.

"I represent the people of Minnesota here and the 8Th District and I serve at their digression, so it's very important that I be here and listening to the people in the Duluth area," Cravaack said.