June 2 & 3, 2018
The 10th annual "Tour The Raccoon" -- a two-day bicycle ride open to the public and sponsored by the Des Moines Cycle Club -- will be June 2 and 3 this year. As in past years, participants will camp overnight at the Trailhead Campground in Jefferson. You can find more details and do online registration by clicking here.
June 16, 2018
The 5th annual "BACooN RIDE" is set for Saturday, June 16, with the start and finish in Waukee and the route on the 72-mile loop of the Raccoon River Valley Trail. The event, which features bacon treats and other food at all stops, is sponsored by RAGBRAI, the Iowa Bicycle Coalition and the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival. The BACooN RIDE is the second-largest bicycle ride in Iowa, behind RAGBRAI. You can get all the fun details and register online by clicking here.
Fridays & Saturdays
The Hotel Pattee, which the Raccoon River Valley Trail goes right in front of in the town of Perry, presents live music most Friday and Saturday evenings from 7 to 10 p.m. (The occasional Thursday, too.) The shows are outdoors in Soumas Court if the weather is good, or inside the hotel if it's not. As you've probably heard, trail users are the No. 1 marketing target of Hotel Pattee owners Jay and Denise Hartz, so pedal on in for the music, and also for great dining, desserts and overnight accommodations. You can monitor the musical line-up right here: http://www.hotelpattee.com/music--events.html