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YADKINVILLE, N.C. -- They take stepping back in time to a whole new level.

Each year, large groups of people from all over the country migrate to North Carolina to celebrate what many believe was a simpler time.

During the Southeastern Primitive Rendezvous, people put away their modern conveniences and sleep in tents, cook over an open fire and dress in period clothing.

For a little over a week, people gather to celebrate life as it used to be.

"A lot of people say, you guys are reenactors, you're wearing costumes. You come out here and you spend it until 5 p.m. and you go to the motel," one participator said. "But no, we come out here for about 10 days and we live it. This is not costumes, they're our clothes."

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