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Grand Duke Alexis Rendezvous planned Sept. 24-26

Hayes Center, Neb. – The Grand Duke Alexis Rendezvous 2010 will be held September 24, 25, and 26 near the actual site of the historic campground of Buffalo Bill Cody, General George Custer, General Phil Sheridan and the Grand Duke Alexis of Russia.

The event, now in its 11th year, was initiated to commemorate the famous buffalo hunt which was held for the son of Russian Czar Alexander II when he visited Nebraska in 1872.

The Rendezvous, sponsored by the Hayes Center Lions Club, is held at Camp Hayes Lake just 11 miles northeast of Hayes Center. Parking is provided and a shuttle runs from the parking lot to the Rendezvous site.

A weekend full of fun and exciting activities is planned beginning on Friday with Student Day for 4th through 6th grade students from area schools.

A highlight of the weekend is the featured storytellers. Jahnis J. Abelite of Arlington, Wash., will be on hand to portray the Grand Duke Alexis of Russia. Steve Alexander of Monroe, Mich., will portray General George Custer, Kirk Shapland of Dighton, Kan., will entertain as Buffalo Bill Cody, and Steve Ervin of Cambridge, Neb., will depict Chief Spotted Tail.

New to this year’s storyteller program will be Marla Matkin from Hill City, Kan. She portrays Elizabeth Bacon Custer, wife of General George Armstrong Custer.

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Muzzleloader enthusiasts will enjoy the various black powder shoots and hawk and knife throws which take place throughout the weekend.

Sunday afternoon entertainment will feature a gospel concert.

Other activities held throughout the weekend will be the frontier ladies tea on Saturday afternoon, a community church service on Sunday morning, trail ride, children’s games, costume contest, demonstrations of frontier era crafts, and tours to the original monument site.

Concessions are available on Saturday and Sunday. Featured will be buffalo burgers, campfire stew and homemade pie. Campsites are available for primitive and modern camping.

The Lions Club is sponsoring two drawings to raise the funds for the Grand Duke Alexis Rendezvous. The club is offering chances on an original 1861 Springfield muzzleloader rifle. Tickets are $5 each or six tickets for $25. The club is also selling chances on a beautiful hand made quilt. Names of the lucky winners will be drawn on Sunday afternoon. Tickets may be purchased from any Lions Club member, at AmFirst Bank in Hayes Center or during the Rendezvous weekend. You need not be present to win.

Young and old alike are invited to enjoy the Grand Duke Alexis Rendezvous for a genuine prairie experience. Step back in time for a weekend of family-oriented entertainment and feel the spirit of the old west come alive. There is no charge for admission however donations to the Lions Club are accepted.

For more information or a schedule of events, contact Doris Vlasin at (308) 286-3463, Jan Singleton at (308) 286-3676, email to jisingleton@gpcom.net or go to the event website: http://www.granddukealexis.com.