After a great time at the 2014 Doodle Bug reunion, we’re already looking forward to next year! Tentative dates for the 2015 Doodle Bug Club Reunion are Wednesday, September 16th through Saturday the 19th. We’ll post more details as they become available. Hope to see you there!
PLEASE NOTE THE ADDITION OF A GROUP RIDE ON MON. SEPT. 8
Mon. Sept. 8 – A tv crew from WHO-TV in Des Moines will be in town for the second annual RVTV event. For those of you who were in town last year you will remember how much fun we had with the Doodle Bug Race in the downtown area. If anyone can be in town on Mon., we are planning on a group ride to the downtown and possibly add to the fun.
Wed. Sept. 10 – Morning – Jim Winter will give a Radio Control model airplane demonstration at the fairgrounds.
Afternoon – possible trip to the Heartland Museum* in Clarion http://www.heartlandmuseum.org ($6.00 admission). Your own transportation will be required. *This museum has an excellent display of items from the Clarion area including an outstanding display of tractors and farm equipment. A Doodle Bug is also on display.
Thurs. Sept. 11 – 1:00 – Trip to the Hemken car museum in Williams http://www.the-hemken-collection.org ($5.00 admission). Don will have a bus for the trip.
3:00-4:00 – Ride to the downtown area as a group to display as many Doodle Bugs as possible. The group will plan to return to the fairgrounds in time to eat as a group.
Fri. Sept. 12 – 10:00 Coffee at the Bonebright Depot Museum.
1:00 Ride to the airport (approx. 7-8 mi. roundtrip).
Sat. Sept. 13 – 9:00 Ride to Briggs Woods on the beautiful Boone River Scenic Bike Path (approx. 11.5 mi. roundtrip). We have requested a 3 hr. window with the time to be adjusted for the weather.
Be sure to bring your camera for some scenery that can’t be beat. We may even see some Bald Eagles around the bridge as we did last year!
Sun. Sept. 14 – Traditionally members gather one final time for a breakaway breakfast at the HyVee deli before returning home.
One last chance to say our goodbyes.
Check the bulletin board in the Van Diest building on a daily basis for announcements and sign-up sheets.
As guests of Webster City, for added SAFETY, we are encouraged to ride in groups which makes us more visible.
Dear Mr. Jim,
April 12, 1948
Thank you for the Super-Dooper Hiawatha Doodle Bug. it is the best present I’ve received for my 8th birthday. Golly it’s swell. I had no idea how spiffy it was. Now I don’t need to steam up the windows of the Western Auto store anymore.
Thank you Mr. Jim.
Davy – Age 8
Wed. Sept. 11, 2013 – Around Noon, WHO-TV will be at the Fairgrounds doing a follow up on the reunion. Around 3:30 we will ride to the downtown area for a group display and live Doodle Bug races at 5:00 p.m.
Thurs. Sept. 12, 2013 – No big events planned other than maybe some group rides around town.
Fri. Sept. 13, 2013 – Chamber Coffee at 10:00 a.m. at the Depot, on Ohio Street. At around 1:00 we will do a group ride to the airport – approximately 6 mi. round trip.
Sat. Sept. 14, 2013 – 9:00-12:00 planned ride on the Boone River Trail, approximately 11.4 mi. round trip. If we have to, we can adjust the starting time for any weather problems. Around 2:00 we will have the annual meeting and drawings for door prizes. At about 3:00 there will be an auction with a Doodle Bug Watch, donated by Carol and Jerry Wells to be auctioned to the highest bidder. All proceeds will be donated to the local food pantry at Upper Des Moines Opportunity. This watch is one of only 40 in existence and is truly a collector’s item.
There will be sign-up sheets for the nightly meals at various places in the area.
The schedule is subject to change due to weather, etc.
Don’t forget the Doodle Bug Cafe will be open for business on Thurs., Fri. and Sat. Dedicated volunteers continue to restore the Blairsburg Opera House (dating from 1895 and still in wide use by the community). Proceeds from lunch go to that goal. Let’s be generous in helping them!
*WiFi is available at the Fairgrounds.
Jerry Wells reports that the WHO-TV crew will be at the fairgrounds around noon on Sept. 11 to do their interview with the club. The Chamber of Commerce Manager has asked for a Doodle Bug Race on Main St. As near as Jerry knows we will probably ride to the downtown area somewhere around 3:30 p.m. We will try to make a ‘grand entrance’ and they will have a spot reserved for us to park. We may also be on the 5:00 news. Sounds like a great way to start the fun. :-)