Central City showcases two festivals this weekend – CC Rider and the 33rd annual Bluegrass Festival.
The decorated bikes have adorned lawns and businesses for weeks. Some were spray painted purple from rim to rim, some held flower baskets, and others sparkled in the summer sun. Regardless of the artist’s intention, each drew attention and encouraged passersby to participate in Central City’s 8th annual CC Rider festival. Finally, on Saturday, August 23rd, the bid day arrived.
The Central City Main Street organization puts on the CC Rider Community Festival and Bike Ride every year, which began in 2001. The heart of the festival revolves around a number of bike rides. Participants could choose from either a 14, 34, 62 or the new 100 mile route through scenic Grant Wood Country. The Festival also features a 5k Run/Walk for adults as well as kids. There is also a bike safety “rodeo” and scavenger hunt for the kids.
After, or during the bike ride for those on the longer routes, bikers and area residents joined in the center of town to enjoy music, food and arts and crafts. Downtown stores were open, showcasing fine homemade beaded jewelry at Facettes, to art at the Art and Gift Center. The kids – at least mine – didn’t mind there was only one ride…because it was a big Ferris wheel. After some funnel cake and fried snickers, there were balloon animals to enjoy and faces to be painted. Beeker Street sang oldies for the lunch crowd, with the Janelle Lauer Concert entertaining the night crowd.
Central City may only have 1157 residents, but they are big enough to hold two festivals on the same day. On the other side of town from CC Rider the 33rd Annual SPBGMA Sanctioned Bluegrass Festival & Fiddler’s Jamboree was being held at the Linn County Fairgrounds.
Mark your calendar for next year and take the short drive up to Central City to enjoy bike riding and bluegrass.
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