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RRVT banquet: Scott Sumpter speaking & updates on huge trail projects

The banquet, to be held Feb. 24 at the Marriott Hotel in West Des Moines, is like "a family reunion" of the Iowa bicycling community, one organizer says. Sumpter, one of the state's best-known bicyclists and self-described "lead mule" at, will deliver an "ice-breaker" message and a reflection on cycling. And we'll celebrate one of America's best rec trails with a social hour, outstanding meal, trail updates, and silent & live auctions. Tickets are on sale now.

Auction specials from Hotel Pattee & Templeton Rye added for RRVT Association banquet

Just ahead of the deadline for you to buy tickets to this Saturday's (Feb. 24) Raccoon River Valley Trail Association banquet, the Hotel Pattee in Perry has announced a special item for the auction -- a package for a group of bicycling friends to include five overnight guest rooms, a beer/wine/cheese reception upon arrival, and day passes on the RRVT. And Templeton Rye is providing several auction items, too -- including two of their Templeton Rye bicycling jerseys and more!

Here are some RRVT banquet auction items getting attention!

The 11th annual fundraising banquet of the Raccoon River Valley Trail Association is coming up fast -- on Saturday, Feb. 24. We figured those of you who have been snapping up tickets, as well as some of your still thinking about attending, might like to hear about some of the items that will be available in the live and silent auctions.a matted and framed print of artist Eric Piatkowski's fun "Raccoon River Racers,"

Donna Davis has her RRVT bridge decorated for Valentine's Day!

She lives adjacent to the trail on the east edge of Redfield, and she's become a favorite trail neighbor with RRVT users, with her friendly conversations, beautiful flowers (in warm weather) and her occasional bridge decorations.