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  • Fri July 22 2022
  • Posted Jul 22

The highest point on the 2022 RAGBRAI route will be on day ONE, Sunday. The spot is about halfway between Anthon and Battle Creek in a small unincorporated area called midway.

Here is some information about the area by the Iowa farmer hosting the spot.

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St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (Midway) is a small rural church founded near the old settlement called Midway. The church will actually be celebrating the 130th anniversary of it’s first service on July 17, 2022.

As people stop at the farm site that is this year’s high point they will be able to look across the hilltops to view St. Paul’s.

What is happening onsite when you stop

  • The congregation is planning to serve burgers, brats, and sweet corn in hopes of raising funds to support a missionary in Uruguay as well as a church maintenance project.

  • Ask a Farmer - This opportunity aims to form a connection from the food on your table to the farmer that raises it. Throughout the day, local farmers of various backgrounds will be on site to answer questions. As you bike through the Iowa countryside ponder what question you can ask of the farmers who live there.

  • MVAO FFA - The local high school agriculture program plans to be on site showing off the wonders of farm life in Iowa. There will be plenty of Farm Machinery and different types of livestock to behold.

  • MVAOCOU Cross Country Team - (Maple Valley Anthon Oto Charter Oak Ute) They will be having a dunk tank and hope to generate funds for team meals, new uniforms, t-shirts and team building activities.

  • MVAOCOU Spanish Club - The group plans to have baked goods including pies, cookies, and brownies and will be raising funds to defray the cost of a planned trip to Costa Rica in March 2023. The Spanish Club will also have a Bike measuring over 9 foot tall constructed of hay bales and steel.

  • Mini Tractor Pedal Pull - You may think you can pedal but how far can you pull a weighted sled while pedaling a mini tractor.

The farm site is part of a family farm that celebrated it’s 125th year farming in Woodbury County last year and is now a 6 generation farm.

This is a little summary of what’s going to be there as well as a few more interactive things that may be added.

Looking Forward to July 24th.

Lance J. Hamann

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BIKEIOWA NOTE

We especially LOVE the "Ask a Farmer" experience! Think about what you will ask! you only have one chance!

It is worth the stop just to stand next to the HUGE farm machinery for a photo op! The tires on the tractor in the photo are 7 feet tall !


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