WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, Feb. 19, 2018 -- The deadline is this Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 9 a.m. to buy your tickets for this Saturday evening's 11th annual banquet of the Raccoon River Valley Trail Association. And if you've been wavering, a few just-added items for the fundraising auction may be enough to convince you to attend.
We love this one -- the Hotel Pattee's new owner Tom Maxwell would like to attract a whole group of bicycling friends. So he's donating a special "Tour de Pattee" package.
That will include five overnight guest rooms at the hotel for one night, plus a beer/wine/cheese reception upon your group's arrival, plus day passes on the RRVT.
The value of that package is considerably above $500, and it will be fun to see groups vie for it.
There are other late additions to the list of auction items, including from Templeton Rye. The distiller from Carroll Countyt is donating two of their Templeton Rye bicycling jerseys, five T-shirts, two ball caps, several glasses and a flask -- all with the company logo.
You can read about additional auction items in earlier stories on this website.
Remember, banquet tickets, at $50 per person, are on sale until Wednesday morning. You can buy them online, reserve whole tables for $500, and get the time schedule and more information about the banquet by clicking right here.