RAGBRAI® is coming to Ottumwa, and we are going to have a BLAST! Riders will find lots to do in Ottumwa on July 23rd. We hope to show our RAGBRAI guests a fantastic time with great food and tons of entertainment. We have a lot to offer. All of our musical performers are from the area, so you will get to hear some exceptional hometown talent.
Ottumwa's Central Park is being featured as a non-alcoholic performance venue with fun for all ages. Cool it in the shade listening to hometown band 'She Swings, She Sways'. The Ottumwa Municipal Band (established in 1865) will perform a concert and the Low'ly Brass, virtuoso players of the mightiest of horns, will delight listeners young and old alike.
The theater at Ottumwa's Bridge View Center will open to all riders. This will be a great place to get into some air conditioning and set a spell. We will show some movies on the big screen and worldwide bicycle tourists Tim and Cindie Travis from DownTheRoad.Org will be telling tales of their adventures. Across the hall, the Bridge View professional chefs will be cooking up some simply incredible treats.
Ottumwa is home to The Beach Ottumwa, an outdoor water park with massive slides and a wave pool. On July 23rd, we'll be Rockin' & Rollin' at the Beach, with youth activities in the water park and outside in the parking lot. There will be a poolside dance, great food and a million gallons of fun!
The outdoor vendor/food court will be a real treat. There are at least four BBQ cookers coming (get napkins!) and a lot of other tasty delights too. Bring an appetite and a friend! Adjacent to the food court area, there will be a performance stage with a variety of local acts and music. Don't forget a camera because you'll be able to pose for your very own 'American Gothic' photo.
The Beverage Garden Main Stage will be in the parking lot at Ottumwa's Bridge View Center. The Beverage Garden will be opening at 4PM. Special surprises like a world-class laser light show are planned. The music line up is top-notch with hometown Indie/progressive artist Matthew Clay, vintage rock veterans 'Sez Who' and everyone's favorite party band 'Standing Hampton.'
But wait, there is more...additional entertainment is still being planned. There will be so much going on, that you simply will not be able to see, eat or do it all! Once the schedules get nailed down, we will post them here, and of course, riders will find all the listings in the Ottumwa RAGBRAI tabloid.
Events by Location & Time:
BEVERAGE GARDEN - MAIN STAGE Sponsored by Cargill Meat Solutions
Bridge View Center Parking Lot, age 21 and over ONLY.
'Winger Watering Hole' / Beverage Garden - Open 4PM to Midnight
4:00 PM - Matthew Clay Band
6:00 PM - Sez Who
8:30 PM to Midnight - Standing Hampton
9:30 PM - Laser Show sponsored by Vaughn Automotive
SPECIAL APPEARANCE - Tom Arnold & The Massive Fergusons
11:50 - Laser Show Finale,
"God Bless the USA"
INSIDE BRIDGE VIEW CENTER Enter along riverfront - come in & cool off - we're air conditioned!
THEATER - Movies & More
Noon & 3pm - This American Gothic, Grant Wood documentary.
1PM & 4pm - Casablanca, the silver screen classic.
6:00pm - John Karras, RAGBRAI co-founder & journalist.
7:00pm - Tim and Cindie Travis from www.downtheroad.org, worldwide
1:30 - 3:30 - 5:30 - Bicycle Dreams, documentary about RAAM
4-8pm - Ottumwa RAGBRAI Committee Sizzlin' Steak Dinner hosted by Miss Iowa 2009, Anne Michael Langguth
JOHN DEERE FAMILY STAGELocated in Central Park
Entertainment Sponsored by the Ottumwa Area Arts Council
Sound Engineering provided courtesy of West Music
Strolling music provided by the Ottumwa Symphony
4:00 PM - 'She Swings, She Sways'
6:30 PM - The Lowly Brass
7:30 PM - The Ottumwa Municipal Band
ROCKIN -N- ROLLIN AT THE BEACHSpecial Beach Admission - $6 for RAGBRAI riders with wristbands and anyone wearing the Rollin' 'Round O'Town t-shirt.
Iowa Army National Guard - Nascar Racecar and Humvee.
1 - 7PM - Fun and Games with the Ottumwa YMCA
6 - 9 PM - Dance with "DJ Skinny"
SHADY GROVE MINI STAGELocated across the street from Bridge View Center
Sponsored by CorridorCareers.com and Ottumwa Community Children's Playhouse
Music with Sunday Drive and The Art of Exodus, William the Conjurer, Cowboy Poetry and MORE!