The Chichaqua Valley Trail in Central Iowa will be the site of the fourth annual bicycle-music festival, Pedaler’s Jamboree Iowa Aug. 25-26. It’s named and patterned after a jamboree that has become a major tourism event the past nine years on the KATY Trail in central Missouri.
“What differentiates us from other rides is the fact that we are a music festival first and a ride second,” jamboree instigator and creator Mike Denehy said. “At Pedaler’s Jamboree, you know you are going to get some of the best regional and national acts, as well as a few local favorites, coupled with top-of-the-line stage and sound production.”
Denehy, an Iowa City native, had grown up riding RAGBRAI on a yearly basis with his father before creating the Missouri rendition of the Jamboree.
Other details include:
• Saturday, Aug. 25, registered riders will be encouraged to leave Baxter on the Chichaqua Valley Trail by 11 a.m. From there they will proceed down the trail for that day and ride to Bondurant. Starting at 9:30 a.m. in Ira, bands will play for three to four hours in the towns along the trail, with food and drink vendors in all communities.
Camping will be available at Lake Petocka in Bondurant Saturday night.
Music will feature bands playing on a major stage. As with every performance at the festival, top of line sound, staging and production will be provided.
• Sunday, Aug. 26, riders will leave Bondurant from 7 to 9 a.m. for the return to Baxter, with bands playing in towns along the way.
Registration is now open. Participants can register at pedalersjamboreeiowa.com.