Official event information from the
Rolfe RAGBRAI committee posted on July 20, 2007.
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Rolfe, Iowa — Monday, July 23rd, 2007
The second day of the bike ride across Iowa

Please Join Us in Rolfe

History sets the stage for Rolfe as two Pocahontas County residents become the Host and Hostess of  this one day event costumed as John Rolfe, and his wife Pocahontas. John being the namesake of our community .

Tours and a 15-minute history will be offered by Jim and Nancy Martin of a Viking Mooring Stone dating back to the late 1300’s to early 1400’s. Tours times will be 12:00 noon, 1:00 and 2:00 pm at their farm four miles east of Rolfe on the bike route. Watch for signs .


  • There will be a  festive-like atmosphere downtown with two beer gardens and  entertainment, local entertainers  will be providing a variety of music in the gazebo throughout the entire day. 

  • Statue of an 11-foot tall big red bird, formerly a university mascot, will overlook the festivities in his new coat of color and beside him his proud creator and owner, Deane Gunderson, age 88, will distribute free post cards.


  • bike decorating contest will bring forth a display of cleverly themed and decorated bicycles displayed along the bike route in town, with its entrants hoping for a cash prize sponsored by Rolfe Betterment Inc.

  • A photo opportunity will be offered to have your picture taken with the Worlds Largest Clydesdale Rocking Horse as well as visiting the Bud Barn  a unique and interesting point of interest in Rolfe.


  • Games such as; a cherry seed spitting contest “sit and spit”,  dunk tank, John Rolfe’s tobacco pouch toss, the ladders game and the water wall.

  • The Rolfe swimming pool will be open for swimming and showers.

  • Antique cars and tractors will be displayed in a nice shady area for all to see and a chance for you to visit with some of their owners .

  • Iowa Telecom will be ready with 16 phones and 16 computers. The public library will also offer Internet. Cliff bars and cookies will be for sale and free cold water.


  • Food vendors will be serving grilled center cut chops,  grilled chicken breast sandwiches, and ham balls on a stick .Vegetarian smoothies and vegetarian sloppy Joes. Also, available fresh veggie bags at the Lutheran booth and lots of home grown sweet “corn on the cob” raised nearby and planted early  for the cyclists to enjoy while in Rolfe.  

  • Sliced cold watermelon, grapes, cold drinks of all kinds, homemade pies at two booths with St Margaret's church claiming their pie to be “a slice of heaven.”

  • Home baked cookies, Scotcheroos, Scandinavian Kringla, Brownies ala mode, all homemade. EAT, DRINK and be MERRY !

  • Massage by a licensed therapist and selected vendors selling tee shirts, ID tags, corn jewelry , tie dye items and the application of temporary tattoos. What Fun!

  • Sam Brinkman,10 years old, will be donating all of his profit to Lance Armstrong’s Cancer Crusade . Sam will be selling “ LOLLYS for LANCE” lollypops,  please stop and give him your support .  Sam’s smile alone will win you over .

  • The  Information Center will have a  leave a note service and lost and found, maps, fliers, our staff should be able to help people with most of their questions and needs. This booth will be staffed by our friendly PEO chapter women .

  • First aid stations at two locations downtown and the swimming pool . Come and check out the topless life guards

  • Bike repair shop will be located in the heart of town.

Rolfe welcomes you. We have done weeks of preparation for you.  Please stop, refresh, and enjoy yourself .

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