Bike Van Buren XXXI

AUGUST 19-20, 2017

Enjoy a fun-filled weekend while exploring all of the historic Villages of Van Buren. This is a casual, family-oriented bicycle ride through Van Buren County, Iowa. You'll enjoy some of the finest hospitality around with SAG support and numerous food/drink stops along the route.

There will be 3 route options on Saturday, a 56 mile, 41 mile and a 36 mile. We will have 2 route options on Sunday, a 53 mile and a 35 mile. Hospitality/rest stops are, on average, 7 miles apart.

Details and Registration Information.

Mail in Registration is also available to download.

Save time in the registration line by completing the Release of Liability Waiver. Print, sign and present at registration.

Questions? Review our FAQ. Still have questions? Email us or call us 800-868-7822 / 319-293-7111

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Special Activities include:

KEOSAUQUA LIONS will serve BREAKFAST of pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs and fresh fruit ($6) on Saturday and Sunday from 6:30am-9:30am. From 4-7pm they will serve an outstanding  BBQ DINNER with a thick Iowa Pork Chop,  baked beans, potato salad, macaroni salad & drinks for JUST $8.00! Both meals will be served in the registration tent in the Keosauqua City Park.

TARNISHED BRASS BAND will perform in the City Park from 5-6pm.

OL' FASHION ROOT BEER FLOATS for $1.50 will be served from 5-7pm. Proceeds will benefit the Bonaparte Community Improvement Association.

GEODE PADDLE, Friday August 18, 10a-2p. Bentonsport to Bonaparte.
REGISTRATION IS FULL FOR THIS EVENT! Geodes are nature’s treasure chest! Participants will be paddling this beautiful stretch of river between stops on the rock bars as we search for geodes and fossils. This is an official Des Moines River Water Trails event cosponsored by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Jefferson County Conservation. There is no cost for the paddle, however, Pre-registration is required and participation is limited. Canoes will be available for loan if participants do not have their own canoe or kayak. The trip is open to all but children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants may register by calling (641)-919-6822 or emailing dmriverwatertrail@gmail.com.

 

STAND UP PADDLEBOARD CLINICS on Friday, August 18 at 5:00pm and 6:30pm at Lacey-Keosauqua State Park Beach House.
Beat the heat and try something new this summer at the Stand Up Paddleboard Clinic. You can reserve your hour session for some paddling as the day winds down. The session will open with directions from a certified instructor with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources then participants will be able to put their skills to the test on the water. The first session will begin at 5:00 pm and the second session will begin at 6:30 pm. Any participants under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult. This is an official Des Moines River Water Trails event cosponsored by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Jefferson County Conservation. There is no cost, however, Preregistration is required and participation is limited. The clinic is open to all but children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants may register by calling (641)-919-6822 or emailing dmriverwatertrail@gmail.com.

TOOLS OF THE PAST on Saturday at 6:00pm at Lacey-Keosauqua State Park.
How Did They Do That?! For thousands of years preindustrial populations hunted and farmed in Iowa.These people had to make everything they needed from string to houses. Join Cherie E. Haury-Artz, Archaeology Technician Specialist at the Office of the State, as she describes various prehistoric technologies. She will have materials to examine so participants can experiment with how they were used. This is an official Des Moines River Water Trails event cosponsored by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Jefferson County Conservation. There is no cost and Pre-registration is not required. For more information, please call (641)-919-6822 or email dmriverwatertrail@gmail.com.

CELEBRATE IOWA ARTISTS on Saturday, August 19, in the Bentonsport National Historic District.
Celebrate the late Wendell Mohr's life, work and history. Works of his art will be displayed throughout the specialty shops with various artists' demonstrations. Tour Wendell's studio, the Vernon School, from 1-4pm. No admission fee. Villages Folk School will host a Plein Aire Painting Class with John Preston. You can register for the class at www.villagesfolkschool.com

 
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