Ottumwa--Searching for clues, riding your bike, sampling craft beers, 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 14 from 5-10pm at the Hotel Ottumwa.  All Proceeds this year will support the construction of trail around the oxbow in Ottumwa Park.

The event kicks off September 1 with a Scavenger Hunt along the Ottumwa trail system.  Pick up a clue card at 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  All clues are 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 Sep 14.  Prizes will be drawn from successfully completedl cards.  Participants need not be present to win.

The Friday fundraiser will start with a bike ride from 5-6pm.  The ride will begin and end at Hotel Ottumwa.  Bazooka Joe, a local 70s and 80s band, will play between 6-10pm. Tips and Tunes for Trails will include both the former Tips for Trails activities combined with the annual radio Mediathon.  The event will have live broadcasts throughtout the evening 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.