information from the
Rolfe RAGBRAI committee posted on July 20, 2007.
— Monday, July 23rd, 2007
The second day of the bike ride across Iowa
Please Join Us in Rolfe
History sets the stage for Rolfe as two
Pocahontas County residents become the Host and Hostess of this one
day event costumed as John Rolfe, and his wife Pocahontas.
John being the namesake of our community .
Tours and a 15-minute history will be offered
by Jim and Nancy Martin of a Viking Mooring Stone dating back
to the late 1300’s to early 1400’s. Tours times will be 12:00 noon,
1:00 and 2:00 pm at their farm four miles east of Rolfe on the bike
route. Watch for signs .
There will be a festive-like atmosphere
downtown with two beer gardens and entertainment, local
entertainers will be providing a variety of music in the gazebo
throughout the entire day.
Statue of an 11-foot tall big red bird,
formerly a university mascot, will overlook the festivities
in his new coat of color and beside him his proud creator and
owner, Deane Gunderson, age 88, will distribute free post cards.
CONTEST and INTERESTS
A bike decorating contest will
bring forth a display of cleverly themed and decorated bicycles
displayed along the bike route in town, with its entrants hoping
for a cash prize sponsored by Rolfe Betterment Inc.
A photo opportunity will be offered to have
your picture taken with the Worlds Largest Clydesdale
Rocking Horse as well as visiting the Bud Barn a
unique and interesting point of interest in Rolfe.
Games such as; a cherry seed
spitting contest “sit and spit”, dunk tank, John Rolfe’s
tobacco pouch toss, the ladders game and the water wall.
The Rolfe swimming pool will be open for
swimming and showers.
Antique cars and tractors will be
displayed in a nice shady area for all to see and a chance for
you to visit with some of their owners .
Iowa Telecom will be ready with 16
phones and 16 computers. The public library will also
offer Internet. Cliff bars and cookies will be for sale and free
Food vendors will be serving grilled
center cut chops, grilled chicken breast sandwiches, and ham
balls on a stick .Vegetarian smoothies and vegetarian sloppy
Joes. Also, available fresh veggie bags at the Lutheran booth
and lots of home grown sweet “corn on the cob” raised nearby and
planted early for the cyclists to enjoy while in Rolfe.
Sliced cold watermelon, grapes, cold drinks
of all kinds, homemade pies at two booths with St
Margaret's church claiming their pie to be “a slice of heaven.”
Home baked cookies, Scotcheroos,
Scandinavian Kringla, Brownies ala mode, all homemade. EAT,
DRINK and be MERRY !
Massage by a licensed therapist and
selected vendors selling tee shirts, ID tags, corn jewelry , tie
dye items and the application of temporary tattoos. What Fun!
Sam Brinkman,10 years old, will be donating
all of his profit to Lance Armstrong’s Cancer Crusade . Sam will
be selling “ LOLLYS for LANCE” lollypops, please stop and give
him your support . Sam’s smile alone will win you over .
The Information Center will have a
leave a note service and lost and found, maps, fliers, our
staff should be able to help people with most of their questions
and needs. This booth will be staffed by our friendly PEO
chapter women .
First aid stations at two locations
downtown and the swimming pool . Come and check out the topless
Bike repair shop will be located in
the heart of town.
REFRESH in ROLFE
Rolfe welcomes you. We have done weeks of preparation for you.
Please stop, refresh, and enjoy yourself .