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Lee Thorson and Roxy Fudge, of Storm Lake, are two members of the “PIGS” group who will be pedaling around Jefferson and Greene County during the Iowa Bicycle Festival. (Photo by Hugh Perry, Storm Lake)

Iowa Bicycle Festival
Celebrating the bicycle -- and those who ride it.
August 9,10 & 11, 2013

Here we go again! The second annual Iowa Bicycle Festival, part of which was held on May 25 before dangerous thunderstorms forced postponement, is now ready to roll in Jefferson  – bigger and better than ever.  The sponsoring Cyclists Of Greene (COG) bike club has special activities planned for all ages, and they’ll be for bicyclists and non-bicyclists alike.

That’s “P.I.G.S.,” which stands for “Paired Iowans Going Somewhere” on the tandem bicycles that they ride.  They have been gathering once a summer in Iowa since 1995 at different towns and cities across the state, and they are having their 19
th rally in Jefferson as part of our Iowa Bicycle Festival. They’re coming from across Iowa and from at least three other states, riding bicycles-built-for-two that are valued up to $10,000. click here to learn more

But there is much, much more, as you can see in these additional stories, and in the Schedule of Events listed below here.

Read about the food, music and bicycling fashions we’re going to have for you at the festival. click here to learn more

And let us introduce you to our graffiti artist Taylor Smith, who is back for a second year of fun. click here to learn more

Read about the winners of the art show that were determined in late May.  We'll have bicycle-themed art on display at All Ability Cycles on the SE corner of the courthouse square.  click here to learn more








6:30 p.m
. -  PIGS (“Paired Iowans Going Somewhere” on tandem bicycles) “Ice Cream Ride” from the Abraham Lincoln statue on the south side of the Greene County Courthouse.  Bicycle riders from the public are also welcome to join this cruise around Jefferson.

6:30 p.m
. - 
Von Ketelsen performing on guitar and vocals, courthouse plaza. And Mahanay Memorial Carillon Tower will have extended open hours into the evening

7:30 p.m. -- PIGS ice cream social, courthouse plaza, and the public is invited.

8 p.m. – “Heads or Tails” contest on courthouse plaza.  Then, a pig calling contest right there.


8 a.m.  – Ride the RRVT, depart from Jefferson Depot

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Rare and antique bicycles display, Greene County Historical Museum in the museum.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Vendors open on square. Also:

  • Bicycle-themed art show, All Ability Cycles shop
  • Spin art, powered by bicycling, east side of square.
  • Iced fruit drinks blended by bicycling, east side of square.
  • Information booths, courthouse lawn.
  • Big Wheels rides for adults, east side of square.
  • Mahanay Memorial Carillon Tower will be open for tours.

11 a.m. – Parade, sponsored by Kum & Go, assembling at Russell Park, proceeding north on Chestnut Street and around the square. Bike decorating and costumes are encouraged, and there will be prizes.  There will also be an attempt to set the U.S. record for greatest number of recumbent trikes coupled together in a “trike train.”

11:30 a.m. – Lunch grilled by Jefferson Kiwanis Club.

12 noon – Another “Heads or Tails” contest on courthouse plaza.

12 to 1:30 p.m. – Music by Rick Morain & Jim Magdefrau, courthouse plaza.

12 to 4 p.m. – Bicycle Tricks & Treats, east side of square.

12 to 4 p.m. – RAGBRAI team buses on display, north side of square.  Vote for your favorite, with prizes of $250, $200 and $100 for winning buses!

12 to 4 p.m. – Show of classic bicycles, southeast corner of square.

12 to 4 p.m. – Paint the RAGBRAI team bus northeast area of square, with graffiti artist Taylor Smith.

1 p.m. – Bicycle tours of Jefferson, leaving from the Lincoln Statue, led by Don & Jean Van Gilder. Repeated later if more want to go.

1 p.m. – Stan Dahl, director of Tropical Steel Drum Band, “making music with bicycle parts,” north side of courthouse.

1:30 p.m. – Bicycle apparel fashion show, courthouse plaza. 

1:30 p.m. - Music by Von Ketelsen, courthouse plaza

2 p.m. – Watermelon feed, north side of courthouse.

2 p.m. – Another “Heads or Tails” contest on courthouse plaza. 

2 p.m. – John & Ces Brunow, the story of All Ability Cycles, courthouse plaza.

2 to 4 p.m.Tropical Steel Band, north side of courthouse.

3 p.m. – Bicycle apparel fashion show is repeated, courthouse plaza.

All day long at the Raccoon River Valley Trail
 – For those riding the trail, the Jefferson Depot at the trailhead will be open as a “cooling station” with trail information, cold water and restrooms.

Saturday night – PIGS banquet and annual business meeting (private).


8 a.m. – PIGS and bicycle riders from the public will meet at the Jefferson Depot to ride to a pancake breakfast by the Grand Junction Lions Club at the city park on East Elizabeth Street in Grand Junction.  The public is welcome to drive to the breakfast, too.

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