Throwing cow chips may not be the "neatest" way to catch a glimpse of life in the 1800s, but it definitely was part of the fun at Provo School District's annual Fourth Grade Rendezvous.

Students from 10 elementary schools gathered Wednesday at North Park to not only throw cow chips, but also to square dance, make soap, pull handcarts and participate in shooting meets.The Rendezvous, a culminating activity for fourth-grade Utah history studies, also included a visit to a mountain man's tepee and the pioneer village at the park.

"This is the best field trip I've been on so far," said Carrie Cartwright, a Provost fourth-grader. "It seems like everybody has been waiting for this."

Brandi Braze, also from Provost, said her class has "studied pioneers for a couple weeks and made a whole folder of pioneer and indian information."

Students were given prizes for the best mountain man, pioneer and Indian costumes and wore possible bags they made ahead of time to carry their belongings.

"It gives them a sense of what life would have been like back then," said Kathy Luke, district curriculum director for elementary education.

The day ended with an authentic school lunch of barbecue sandwiches and beans. But what about the potato chips and popsicles? Didn't they have them back then?