Searching for clues, riding your bike, sampling craft beers, dining from food trucks, and dancing the night away will all be part of the annual event to raise funds for the Wapello County Trails Council.
The Council will host their annual fundraiser, Tips & Tunes for Trails, on Friday, September 15 from 5-10 p.m. at the Hotel Ottumwa. All proceeds this year will support the construction of trail around the oxbow in Ottumwa Park.
The event kicks off August 1 with a Scavenger Hunt along the Ottumwa trail system. Pick up a clue card at the Active Ottumwa office downtown, the Greater Ottumwa Convention and Visitor's Bureau inside Bridge View Center, or the Hotel Ottumwa lobby. Clue cards can also be downloaded from the trail council's website at wapellocountytrails.com. There are two types of clues, check point clue locations feature a punch to mark the card; or landmark clues, where participants answer a question based on information found at a location along the trail. Cards may be returned to the same locations, or brought to the event on Sept. 15. Prizes will be drawn from successfully completed cards. Participants need not be present to win.
The Friday fundraiser will start with a bike ride from 5-6 p.m. The ride will begin and end at Hotel Ottumwa. Bazooka Joe, a local 70s and 80s band, will play between 6-10 p.m. Tips & Tunes for Trails will include both the former Tips For Trails activities combined with the annual radio Mediathon. The event will air live throughout the evening with live broadcasts on 105.3 KEDB and 98.7 KMGO. Donations can be called in at 682-4771. Activities throughout the evening will encourage donations. There will be outdoor seating, weather permitting.
Proceeds from the event will support efforts to expand the trail in Ottumwa Park around the oxbow. Previous events have supported a variety of trail projects in Ottumwa, including the Market St. Bridge, the trail underpass near Quincy Place Mall, and various trail sections along the Des Moines River.