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, September 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 1st from 9:00-11:30 a.m.  Fridays September 7th – 28th 4:30-6:30 p.m.  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, David Vote, Photographer – Sunday, June 4th – Sunday, September 10th

Located in the lower-level of the WGWL Trailhead Welcome Center are 12 original photographs of Riceville native David Vote.  Come enjoy viewing the beauty of Iowa in crisp clarity and 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 Trail and is chip timed.  Register online or on May 5th from 8-8:30 a.m. at the Trailhead Welcome Center (110 East Main Street, Riceville).


Saturday, May 5th from Noon-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 the Southern Branch Access Point (XXXX Elma).  Recreationalists may walk, run, bike or travel by people mover between the various points-of-interest along the trail to include: nature yoga, bluegrass music, buckskinners camp, 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!


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 $10.  Size of audience limited to 100.  Tickets at the door by calling 641-220-2685 prior to Sunday, June 19th.  Light refreshments included.


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 .5 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 19th – The BBB & BEB Adventure

(Bike to Bailey and Back and/or Bike to Elma and Back . . . or somewhere between here and there).

This ride commences and ends in Riceville at the WGWL Trailhead Welcome Center.  Enjoy a 11-mile, 22-mile ride or 44-mile ride.  $20 registration includes a picnic at one site (11-mile ride), water station and an ice cream treat upon return to the Trailhead Welcome Center.  $30 registration includes picnic at two sites, water station and an ice cream treat upon return.  Pie available for purchase.

A shuttle is provided from Bailey and Elma for those unable to make the return trip.  BBB & BEB Adventure Registration is from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and the ride is from 9-6 p.m.


Wednesday, August 22nd – Senior Citizens Golf Cart Day


Sunday, September 2ndGolf 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, 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 – 12:00 p.m.


Wednesday, December TBD – Christmas Tea at Noon  Call 641-985-4030; 641-220-2685. Reservations required.

Thursday, December TBD – Christmas Tea at Noon  Call 641-985-4030; 641-220-2685. Reservations required.

Friday, December TBDChristmas Tea at Noon Christmas or Tea by Candlelight (6:00 p.m.)  Couples encouraged to attend. Call 641-985-4030; 641-220-2685. 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.