‘Ride with the Clowns’ registration available
OTTUMWA — The ninth annual “Ride with the Clowns” Spring Tune Up will be May 4.
Ride registration and departure will be from Bridge City Bowl, 1527 Albia Road, Ottumwa. There is plenty of room for parking, and the lounge will be open for pre-ride warm ups. Departure time will be from 9-10 a.m., rain or shine.
The 30-mile ride will follow the gentle and scenic terrain of Old Highway 34 west (new asphalt), through the historic town of Munterville and on to the halfway point of Blakesburg.
Lunch will be served. The menu includes pulled pork sandwich, side of baked beans and chips. The cost is $5, and water and beer will be available for a donation.
There will also be an alternate route available this year, which will add five miles.
Pre-register by April 20. The cost is $15 per rider or $25 the day of the ride. Price includes T-shirt; for those who register the same day as the ride, the T-shirt will be mailed to their home address.
For more information, call Mark at 641-682-3709 or Dan at 641-799-3135.
Proceeds will go to benefit the Ottumwa Shrine Club Clown Unit.
Whiskers-growing competition under way
BONAPARTE — Bonaparte Main Street’s Civil War Experience will be June 8. It is established to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. Held in conjunction with this experience, a whiskers-growing contest will be held.
Annette Spencer is organizing this event with a stress on authenticity and costume. Whiskers should reflect original styles from the Civil War years in the following five categories: best longest, well groomed; best Civil War goatee with or without mustache; best Civil War lamb chops, mutton chops; best shaggy, badly groomed beard and mustache; and longest, well-groomed handle bar mustache.
There will be no cost to enter and no age limit, but Civil War-era authenticity is preferred.