Events

Enjoying Lake Hendricks WGWL Trail    Beach Bikes Lake Hendricks

Whether you enjoy camping, swimming, farmers markets, art exhibits, good food or hiking, biking or cross-country skiing, you’ll encounter them all and more along the Wapsi-Great Western Line (WGWL) Trail.   Come on, join us – you deserve a little fun!

 

EVENTS CALENDAR

Ongoing Events

Trailhead Welcome Center Open – Saturday & Sunday from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Memorial Day – Labor Day

The Welcome Center is an 18th Century restored pioneer church eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.  It houses sculptures of Isabel Moore Kimball and fossils of the archeologist Glenn Crossmann.

The Welcome Center is a cool reprieve on a warm day.  Let one of the trail committee members welcome you to the area or catch-up on what’s new with you. Information, trail maps, a gift shop, ice cream sundaes, root beer floats, rest room and gracious hospitality available.


Pie Sunday at Trailhead Welcome Center – 1st Sunday of June, July, August, and September 9th from 2:00-5:00 p.m

Enjoy your neighbor or a new acquaintance’s company along with a nice slice of homemade pecan, raisin-crème, strawberry-rhubarb, apple, cherry, pumpkin, peach – you get the picture – PIE!


Farmers Market – Saturdays May 26th – September 8th from 9:00-11:30 a.m.  Pumpkinfest in September.  Located at 203 West Main Street along Hwy #9 (one block west from the WGWL Trailhead)

Farmers Market – Riceville is an enhancement of the WGWL Trail.  Find luscious produce, fresh eggs and honey, handmade jewelry and wooden bowls, barn quilts and pastries galore.  Support local farmers and producers for a better environment, economy and a healthier you.


Summer Art Show Featuring, LaVerna Kruse, Painter – Sunday, June 4th – Sunday, September 9th

Located in the lower-level of the WGWL Trailhead Welcome Center are 12 original painting of McIntire resident LaVerna Kruse.  Come enjoy viewing this hidden though talented and prolific painter in an air conditioned setting.  For more information please visit our Featured Artist page.


 Enjoying a Break WGWL Trail Summer Biking WGWL Trail

Special Events

Saturday, February 17th – Community Chili Supper from 4:30-6:30 p.m.; 5-8 p.m. Valentine Ski/Stroll

Bring your family, your sweetheart, your loved ones to the annual Valentine Ski at the Wapsi-Great Western Line Trail (WGWL Trail). On February 17th let your feet glide and your heart soar on a groomed rural trail surrounded by trees, waterways and gentle slopes.

Skis are available at the WGWL Trail Welcome Center at no cost courtesy of the Mitchell County Conservation Board or bring your own. Refreshment of hot cocoa available.  A Chili Supper fundraiser for the trail of Chili, crackers, bars and beverage will warm your bellies.  Carry-outs available!

If the weather is balmy and no snow exists, still come for a nature walk.

Wednesday, March 14th – Private Reservation | Welcome Center: Leadership Dinner

Saturday, March 25th – Private Reservation | Welcome Center: Baby Shower

Sunday, March 26th – Private Reservation | Welcome Center: Birthday Party


Saturday, April 16th & 21st – Trail Work Days

Supporters of WGWL come together to plant flowers, clean the Trailhead Welcome Center, mulch, weed and spruce up the trail.  Eager hands are welcome to help and are appreciated.  Please contact us if interested in being a helping hand anytime during the trail season.  To learn more, visit our Contribute page.  Thank you!


Cancer Walk WGWL Trail

Saturday, May 5th IronHorse Half Marathon, 10K and 5K 9:30-Noon

This USTAF sanctioned race takes place on the Northern Branch of the WGWL Trailhead Welcome Center (110 East Main Street, Riceville) and is chip timed.  Strollers are not allowed.  Register online prior to April 6th for Early-Bird pricing.  Registration closes April 27th.


Saturday, May 5th from 11:30-4 p.m– Public Grand Opening of WGWL Trail’s Southern Branch

This free family event includes points-of-interest and entertainment between the WGWL Trailhead Welcome Center (110 East Main Street, Riceville) and Elma.  Recreationalists may walk, run, bike or travel by people mover between the various points-of-interest along the trail to include: nature yoga, live music, storytellers, kids carnival, Abraham Lincoln Impersonator and many more.  Play a poker run at the end of your travels for a prize. Come celebrate this beautiful trail with your friends and family!  The full list of events are


Saturday, May 12th – Private Reservation | Welcome Center: Graduation Reception

Monday, May 13th – Private Reservation | Welcome Center: Graduation Reception

 Golf Cart Day WGWL Trail

Sunday, June 3rd – Golf Cart Day and Pie Sunday at Trailhead Welcome Center 1:00 – 6:00 pm

Passes available only for this day ($5 fee) at Welcome Center. Carts must be driven only by a holder of an official car license. Bring your own cart or rent one from Riceville Golf Course (641-985-2447). Begin and end your golf cart adventure at the Trailhead by registering, picking up your pass, and then returning the pass after your ride. Please carry a cell phone so help can be sent in case of an emergency.  No golf carts allowed in Lake Hendricks.  Registration fee supports Trailhead maintenance.


Sunday, June 24th – Celtic Finger Guitarist Jerry Barlow 7:00 p.m.

Tickets $12 online or $15 at the door.  Size of audience limited to 100.  Tickets available online at Eventbrite or at the WGWL Trailhead Welcome Center during weekend hosted hours.  Light refreshments included or pie for purchase.  Questions call 641-220-2685.


Sunday, July 1stPie Sunday at Trailhead Welcome Center 2:00 – 6:00 pm

Saturday, July 7thPrivate Reservation | Welcome Center: Family Reunion


Saturday, July 7th – Elma 5K Run Commences on the Southern Branch of the WGWL Trail by Lila’s Marsh and finishes on Elma’s Old Roundhouse Trail’s .44 mile segment.  Register at Run Elma or call Marian at 641-393-2539.


Saturday, August 4th – Wapsipinicon Festival Events

5-6 p.m. Friday, August 3rd  – 5K & 7 Mile Pre-registration Pick-up  Participants that pre-register enjoy a free pancake breakfast and t-shirt.
7:00 a.m. Saturday, August 4th – 5K & 7 Mile Registration form or register online.
7:30-10:00 a.m. – Community Pancake Breakfast Open to the public, not just racers
8:00 a.m. – 5K Race & 7 Mile Dash  Registered participants receive a free breakfast. Medals awarded according to age group with two championship trophies for the fastest time for male and female. See Race Results.
9:00 a.m. – Kid Fun Run
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. – Treasure Hunt

11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. – Silent Auction (a WGWL Trail Benefit) Last bid prior to 5:00 p.m. Pick up items after 5:00 pm. Gifts of new and slightly used auction items are welcomed for support to help maintain the trail. Please donate by July 21. Bring to the Welcome Center on summer weekends. (Sat. and Sun From 2 – 5:00 pm. when a Hostess in on duty)
2:00-3:00 p.m. – Community Hymn Sing Sit and enjoy an hour of music in air-conditioning on the busy Festival day. Song leader TBA.


Sunday, August 5th – Pie Sunday at Trailhead Welcome Center 2:00 – 6:00 pm


Saturday, August 18thPrivate Reservation | Welcome Center: Wedding


Sunday, August 19thThe WGWL Excursion – The Official Bike to the MN Border Ride

Start in Riceville; follow WGWL Trail’s Northern Branch through McIntire to Bailey and return to Riceville for 26+ miles. Then for those wanting more, bike the WGWL Trail’s Southern Branch pass the ghost town of Acme to Lilah’s Marsh. The WGWL Excursion’s registration, the start and the end point occur at the WGWL Welcome Center, 110 East Main Street (U.S. Hwy #9). Registration is from 11-3 P.M. Ride is from 11-5 P.M. Meal is from 12-5 P.M. Live music is from 2:30-4:30 P.M. Drawing is at 3 P .M. Registration $15 prior to August 1st, $20 following.


Wednesday, August 15th – Senior Citizens Golf Cart Day


Sunday, September 9th – Golf Cart Day and Pie Sunday at Trailhead Welcome Center 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Passes available only for this day ($5 fee) at Welcome Center. Carts must be driven only by a holder of an official car license. Bring your own cart or rent one from Riceville Golf Course (641-985-2447). Begin and end your golf cart adventure at the Trailhead by registering, picking up your pass, and then returning the pass after your ride. Please carry a cell phone so help can be sent in case of an emergency.  No golf carts allowed in Lake Hendricks.  Registration fee supports Trailhead maintenance.


Saturday, September 22nd – DeRailed Adventure 9:00 – 11:40 am
This is an adventure style race with multiple disciplines including running, biking, a water event and mystery challenges.


Saturday, September 29thPrivate Reservation | Welcome Center: Wedding


Saturday, October 6thSelfie Scavenger Hunt  Located on the WGWL Trail Southern Branch and the Old Roundhouse Trail


Saturday, October 20thPrivate Reservation | Butterfly Garden and Gazebo: Wedding


Sunday, November 11thAnnual Trail Committee Meeting  The WGWL Trail Committee’s annual meeting is a time to reflect on the year’s events and the trail’s mission for the upcoming year, to thank our “Friends of the Trail,” to gear-up volunteers for the Christmas Tea events, and to share a potluck meal as a volunteer organization that is working toward the betterment of our community – 5:00 p.m.


Wednesday, December 5th – Christmas Tea at Noon  Call 641-985-2524. Reservations required.

Thursday, December 6th – Christmas Tea at Noon  Call 641-985-2524. Reservations required.

Friday, December 7thChristmas Tea by Candlelight (6:00 p.m.)  Couples encouraged to attend. Call 641-985-2524. Reservations required.

The Trailhead Welcome Center lower level is festooned in Christmas splendor for this annual event of culinary perfection and merry entertainment.  Families and close friends are invited to share in this wholesome event that will have you leaving with your reservation made for next year.  Meal, merriment and entertainment – $15 per person.

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