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Cowboy Sven's wild bull ride to raise money for "Connector" trail!

Talk about taking one for the team! Sven Peterson, city administrator for the City of Perry, is going to attempt to ride a wild bull during the Iowa Rodeo Cowboys Association championship rodeo on Friday, Sept. 8, at the Dallas County Fairgrounds arena in Adel. Per-second pledges and donations are being taken now for however long Peterson is able to stay on "Mudslinger," the bull. All proceeds go to help build the "Connector" trail from the Raccoon River Valley Trail to the High Trestle Trail.

The first "HabiTour" bicycle ride Saturday, Aug. 26, on the RRVT will help the good works of the local Heart of Iowa Habitat for Humanity organization

The ride, starting and ending in Jefferson, offers routes of 30, 50 or 100 miles with full support and goodies at three rest stops. There'll be a continental breakfast at the ride's start and a celebration post-ride at Doc's Stadium Bar & Grill in Jefferson. Participants have to find $100 in sponsorships or donate that amount themselves, and it all goes to support the projects of Heart of Iowa Habitat for Humanity, serving Greene, Guthrie and Boone Counties.

Here's KCCI-TV's story update on "Waukee Railroad Pergola"

The huge artistic icon by acclaimed artist David Dahlquist and his colleagues at RDG Planning & Design is being constructed at the Raccoon River Valley Trail's southeast gateway in Waukee. And excitement is growing, too. More and more people are bicycling, walking and driving to the site on the west edge of Waukee to see what will be one of the largest public art installations in the world. Tommie Clark of TV8 News recently featured the project, and we have the link to her story.

Here come 2,700 bacon-eating bicyclists!

That's right -- the 4th annual "BACooN RIDE" happens Saturday on the loop of the Raccoon River Valley Trail. For the first time, the route has been reversed, and bicyclists will go counter-clockwise from Waukee. At all the stops, riders expect treats made with bacon -- some of them almost exotic -- and something cold to drink. The ride is sold out. But you're all invited to Friday night's opening party in Waukee, 5 to 11 p.m., featuring the rock band, "Fishheads."